[ wur-ship ]
/ ˈwɜr ʃɪp /


verb (used with object), wor·shiped, wor·ship·ing or (especially British) wor·shipped, wor·ship·ping.

to render religious reverence and homage to.
to feel an adoring reverence or regard for (any person or thing).

verb (used without object), wor·shiped, wor·ship·ing or (especially British) wor·shipped, wor·ship·ping.

Nearby words

  1. worse,
  2. worse for wear,
  3. worsen,
  4. worser,
  5. worset,
  6. worship the ground someone walks on,
  7. worshipful,
  8. worshipper,
  9. worssett,
  10. worst

Origin of worship

before 900; (noun) Middle English wors(c)hipe, worthssipe, Old English worthscipe, variant of weorthscipe; see worth1, -ship; (v.) Middle English, derivative of the noun

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British Dictionary definitions for worship


/ (ˈwɜːʃɪp) /

verb -ships, -shipping or -shipped or US -ships, -shiping or -shiped


Derived Formsworshipable, adjectiveworshipper, noun

Word Origin for worship

Old English weorthscipe, from worth 1 + -ship


/ (ˈwɜːʃɪp) /


mainly British (preceded by Your, His, or Her) a title used to address or refer to a mayor, magistrate, or a person of similar high rank
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Word Origin and History for worship
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