- belief in, worship of, or obedience to a supernatural power or powers considered to be divine or to have control of human destiny
- any formal or institutionalized expression of such belief: the Christian religion
- the attitude and feeling of one who believes in a transcendent controlling power or powers
- chiefly the way of life determined by the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience entered upon by monks, friars, and nuns: to enter religion
- something of overwhelming importance to a person: football is his religion
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
- Religion[uncountable] a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, esp. when the universe is believed to have been created by a deity, and usually including ceremonies, prayers, and laws or codes of moral conduct.
- Religion a certain set of such beliefs and practices accepted by a number of persons:[countable]the religions of the world.
- Religiona set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, esp. when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.
- Religiona specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by a number of persons or sects:the Christian religion; the Buddhist religion.
- Religionthe body of persons adhering to a particular set of beliefs and practices:a world council of religions.
- Religionthe life or state of a monk, nun, etc.:to enter religion.
- Religionthe practice of religious beliefs;
ritual observance of faith.
- something one believes in and follows devotedly;
a point or matter of ethics or conscience:to make a religion of fighting prejudice.
- religions, [Archaic.]religious rites.
- [Archaic.]strict faithfulness;
devotion:a religion to one's vow.
- get religion, [Informal.]
- to acquire a deep conviction of the validity of religious beliefs and practices.
- to resolve to mend one's errant ways:The company got religion and stopped making dangerous products.
- Latin religiōn- (stem of religiō) conscientiousness, piety, equivalent. to relig(āre) to tie, fasten (re- re- + ligāre to bind, tie; compare ligament) + -iōn- -ion; compare rely
- Old French religion)
- Middle English religioun ( 1150–1200