WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
re•li•gion /rɪˈlɪdʒən/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. 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.
  2. Religion a certain set of such beliefs and practices accepted by a number of persons:[countable]the religions of the world.
See -lig-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
re•li•gion  (ri lijən),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. 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.
  2. Religiona specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by a number of persons or sects:the Christian religion; the Buddhist religion.
  3. Religionthe body of persons adhering to a particular set of beliefs and practices:a world council of religions.
  4. Religionthe life or state of a monk, nun, etc.:to enter religion.
  5. Religionthe practice of religious beliefs;
    ritual observance of faith.
  6. something one believes in and follows devotedly;
    a point or matter of ethics or conscience:to make a religion of fighting prejudice.
  7. religions, [Archaic.]religious rites.
  8. [Archaic.]strict faithfulness;
    devotion:a religion to one's vow.
  9. 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.
re•ligion•less, adj. 
  • 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

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

religion /rɪˈlɪdʒən/ n
  1. belief in, worship of, or obedience to a supernatural power or powers considered to be divine or to have control of human destiny
  2. any formal or institutionalized expression of such belief: the Christian religion
  3. the attitude and feeling of one who believes in a transcendent controlling power or powers
  4. chiefly the way of life determined by the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience entered upon by monks, friars, and nuns: to enter religion
  5. something of overwhelming importance to a person: football is his religion
Etymology: 12th Century: via Old French from Latin religiō fear of the supernatural, piety, probably from religāre to tie up, from re- + ligāre to bind

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