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  1. reverent honor and homage paid to God or a sacred personage, or to any object regarded as sacred.

  2. formal or ceremonious rendering of such honor and homage: They attended worship this morning.

  1. adoring reverence or regard: excessive worship of business success.

  2. the object of adoring reverence or regard.

  3. (initial capital letter)British. a title of honor used in addressing or mentioning certain magistrates and others of high rank or station (usually preceded by Your,His, or Her).

verb (used with object),wor·shiped, wor·ship·ing or wor·shipped, wor·ship·ping.
  1. to render religious reverence and homage to.

  2. to feel an adoring reverence or regard for (any person or thing).

verb (used without object),wor·shiped, wor·ship·ing or wor·shipped, wor·ship·ping.
  1. to render religious reverence and homage, as to a deity.

  2. to attend services of divine worship.

  1. to feel an adoring reverence or regard.

Origin of worship

First recorded before 900; Middle English noun wors(c)hipe, worthssipe, Old English worthscipe, variant of weorthscipe; Middle English verb derivative of the noun; see origin at worth1, -ship

Other words for worship

Other words from worship

  • wor·ship·er, wor·ship·per, noun
  • wor·ship·ing·ly, adverb
  • mis·wor·ship, verb, mis·wor·shiped, mis·wor·ship·ing or mis·wor·shipped, mis·wor·ship·ping.
  • pre·wor·ship, noun, verb, pre·wor·shiped, pre·wor·ship·ing or pre·wor·shipped, pre·wor·ship·ping.
  • self-wor·ship, noun
  • self-wor·ship·er, self-wor·ship·per, noun
  • self-wor·ship·ing, self-wor·ship·ping, adjective
  • un·wor·shiped, un·wor·shipped, adjective
  • un·wor·ship·ing, un·wor·ship·ping, adjective

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How to use worship in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for worship (1 of 2)


/ (ˈwɜːʃɪp) /

verb-ships, -shipping or -shipped or US -ships, -shiping or -shiped
  1. (tr) to show profound religious devotion and respect to; adore or venerate (God or any person or thing considered divine)

  2. (tr) to be devoted to and full of admiration for

  1. (intr) to have or express feelings of profound adoration

  2. (intr) to attend services for worship

  3. (tr) obsolete to honour

  1. religious adoration or devotion

  2. the formal expression of religious adoration; rites, prayers, etc

  1. admiring love or devotion

  2. archaic dignity or standing

Origin of worship

Old English weorthscipe, from worth 1 + -ship

Derived forms of worship

  • worshipable, adjective
  • worshipper, noun

British Dictionary definitions for Worship (2 of 2)


/ (ˈwɜːʃɪp) /

  1. 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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