Definition of worship in English:


Line breaks: wor|ship
Pronunciation: /ˈwəːʃɪp


  • 2 [as title] (His/Your Worship) chiefly British Used in addressing or referring to an important or high-ranking person, especially a magistrate or mayor: we were soon joined by His Worship the Mayor
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    • Having enjoyed a couple of pre-match drinks, His Worship and a good sized crowd made their way out to the pitch, to see instead of the first team fixture a game between the Bury 3rd XV and a Liverpool St.Helens Development side.
    • Your Worship," said he, "will, I hope, take it into your consideration that if I had not been honest I might have kept the whole."
    • "Nay, sir," cries Dowling, "I would not have your worship think I would, on any account, be guilty of subornation of perjury; but there are two ways of delivering evidence."

verb (worships, worshipping, worshipped; US also worships, worshiping, worshiped)

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  • 1Show reverence and adoration for (a deity): the Maya built jungle pyramids to worship their gods
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    • Templeton is like a temple for Bedloe, a place of highest reverence where deities are worshipped.
    • The original inhabitants of Oman were pantheists, worshiping various goddesses and gods.
    • The walls of temples were carved with images of Portuguese visitors and Arab traders, of Brahmins honouring the Buddha and Buddhists worshipping Hindu deities.
    revere, reverence, venerate, pay homage to, honour, adore, praise, pray to, bow down before, glorify, exalt, extol; be devoted to, dote on, love, hold dear, cherish, treasure, admire, esteem, adulate, idolize, deify, hero-worship, lionize, have a high regard for, hold in high regard, hold in esteem, hold in awe, look up to
    informal be wild about, put on a pedestal
    archaic magnify
    rare laud
  • 1.1 [no object] Take part in a religious ceremony: the family worshipped at Trinity Church
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    • Many on both left and right find congenial niches in which to worship, focusing their religious lives on the small church rather than the large one.
    • He said his aunt was well known in the area where she lived and was a religious woman who worshipped at the Church of the Nazarene.
    • Greetings and good wishes were brought by Gordon Darragh, from Windsor Baptist Church, Belfast, where the Wright family had been worshipping.
  • 1.2Feel great admiration or devotion for: she adores her sons and they worship her
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    • Mary Torres, of Ratcliffe Street, York, nervously watched the game with her Argentine husband Pablo and four-year-old son Nico, who worships the South American side.
    • Newcastle's huge support turned out to worship their new legend, but they will need patience before he can blossom
    • Am I doomed for six more years of loving him, putting him on a pedestal, and worshipping him?



(US also worshiper) noun
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  • Also, the worshippers would cast their votive offerings for the goddess into the spring associated with the temple.
  • At a minimum this particular prayer reminds worshipers that prayer cannot simply dwell on the turmoil of private life.
  • Gamaliel defined no more than the beginnings and ends of blessings, leaving the prayer leader or individual worshipper to improvise on the set theme.


Old English weorthscipe 'worthiness, acknowledgement of worth' (see worth, -ship).

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