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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
wor•ship /ˈwɝʃɪp/USA pronunciation   n., v., -shiped or -shipped, -ship•ing or -ship•ping. 

n. [uncountable]
  1. reverence for God, a sacred personage, or a sacred object.
  2. a formal or ceremonious expression of worship:to attend worship on Sundays.
  3. a feeling of strong, adoring reverence or regard:hero worship.

  1. to give religious worship (to); to do religious worship: [+ object]to worship God.[no object]They worship at church.
  2. to feel a strong, adoring reverence or regard for[+ object]He worships his wife and children and would do anything for them.
wor•ship•er, n. [countable]A collection plate was passed and worshipers gave as much as they could.
wor•ship•ful, adj. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
wor•ship  (wûrship), 
n., v., -shiped, -ship•ing  or ([esp. Brit.])-shipped, -ship•ping. 

  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.
  3. adoring reverence or regard:excessive worship of business success.
  4. the object of adoring reverence or regard.
  5. British Terms(cap.)[Brit.]a title of honor used in addressing or mentioning certain magistrates and others of high rank or station (usually prec. by Your, His, or Her).

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

  1. to render religious reverence and homage, as to a deity.
  2. to attend services of divine worship.
  3. to feel an adoring reverence or regard.
Etymology:bef. 900;
(noun, nominal) Middle English wors(c)hipe, worthssipe, Old English worthscipe, variant of weorthscipe;
see worth, -ship;
(verb, verbal) Middle English, derivative of the noun, nominal
worship•er, n. 
worship•ing•ly, adv. 
3 . honor, homage, adoration, idolatry. 7 . honor, venerate, revere, adore, glorify, idolize, adulate.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

worship /ˈwɜːʃɪp/ vb ( -ships, -shipping, -shipped) ( US -ships, -shiping, -shiped)
  1. (transitive) to show profound religious devotion and respect to; adore or venerate (God or any person or thing considered divine)
  2. (transitive) to be devoted to and full of admiration for
  3. (intransitive) to have or express feelings of profound adoration
  4. (intransitive) to attend services for worship
  1. religious adoration or devotion
  2. the formal expression of religious adoration; rites, prayers, etc
  3. admiring love or devotion
Etymology: Old English weorthscipe, from worth1 + -ship

ˈworshipper n


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