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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
wor•ship /ˈwɜrʃɪp/USA pronunciation
n., v., -shiped or -shipped, -ship•ing or -ship•ping. n. [uncountable]
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- reverence for God, a sacred personage, or a sacred object.
- a formal or ceremonious expression of worship:to attend worship on Sundays.
- a feeling of strong, adoring reverence or regard:hero worship.
wor•ship•er, n. [countable]A collection plate was passed and worshipers gave as much as they could.
- to give religious worship (to);
to do religious worship: [~ + object]to worship God.[no object]They worship at church.
- to feel a strong, adoring reverence or regard for:[~ + object]He worships his wife and children and would do anything for them.
(wûr′ship),USA pronunciation n., v., -shiped, -ship•ing or (esp. Brit.) -shipped, -ship•ping. n.
- reverent honor and homage paid to God or a sacred personage, or to any object regarded as sacred.
- formal or ceremonious rendering of such honor and homage:They attended worship this morning.
- adoring reverence or regard:excessive worship of business success.
- the object of adoring reverence or regard.
- British Terms(cap.) 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).
- to render religious reverence and homage to.
- to feel an adoring reverence or regard for (any person or thing).
- to render religious reverence and homage, as to a deity.
- to attend services of divine worship.
- to feel an adoring reverence or regard.
- 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
- 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged honor, homage, adoration, idolatry.
- 7.See corresponding entry in Unabridged honor, venerate, revere, adore, glorify, idolize, adulate.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
worship /ˈwɜːʃɪp/ vb ( -ships, -shipping, -shipped) ( US -ships, -shiping, -shiped)
- (transitive) to show profound religious devotion and respect to; adore or venerate (God or any person or thing considered divine)
- (transitive) to be devoted to and full of admiration for
- (intransitive) to have or express feelings of profound adoration
- (intransitive) to attend services for worship
Etymology: Old English weorthscipe, from worth1 + -shipˈworshipper n
- religious adoration or devotion
- the formal expression of religious adoration; rites, prayers, etc
- admiring love or devotion
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