- 1 [transitive] worship somebody/something to show respect for God or a god, especially by saying prayers, singing, etc. with other people in a religious building The Mayans built jungle pyramids to worship their gods. CollocationsReligionBeing religious believe in God/Christ/Allah/free will/predestination/heaven and hell/an afterlife/reincarnation be/become a believer/an atheist/an agnostic/a Christian/Muslim/Hindu/Buddhist, etc. convert to/practise/ (especially US English) practice a religion/Buddhism/Catholicism/Christianity/Islam/Judaism, etc. go to church/(North American English) temple (= the synagogue) go to the local church/mosque/synagogue/gurdwara belong to a church/a religious community join/enter the church/a convent/a monastery/a religious sect/the clergy/the priesthood praise/worship/obey/serve/glorify GodCelebrations and ritual attend/hold/conduct/lead a service perform a ceremony/a rite/a ritual/a baptism/the Hajj/a mitzvah carry out/perform a sacred/burial/funeral/fertility/purification rite go on/make a pilgrimage celebrate Christmas/Easter/Eid/Ramadan/Hanukkah/Passover/Diwali observe/break the Sabbath/a fast/Ramadan deliver/preach/hear a sermon lead/address the congregation say/recite a prayer/blessingReligious texts and ideas preach/proclaim/spread the word of God/the Gospel/the message of Islam study/follow the dharma/the teachings of Buddha read/study/understand/interpret scripture/the Bible/the Koran/the gospel/the Torah be based on/derive from divine revelation commit/consider something heresy/sacrilegeReligious belief and experience seek/find/gain enlightenment/wisdom strengthen/lose your faith keep/practise/practice/abandon the faith save/purify/lose your soul obey/follow/keep/break/violate a commandment/Islamic law/Jewish law be/accept/do God’s will receive/experience divine grace achieve/attain enlightenment/salvation/nirvana undergo a conversion/rebirth/reincarnation hear/answer a prayer commit/confess/forgive a sin do/perform penance
- 2 [intransitive] to go to a service in a religious building We worship at St Mary's. He worshipped at the local mosque.
- 3 [transitive] worship somebody/something to love and admire somebody very much, especially so much that you cannot see their faults She worships her children. He worshipped her from afar (= he loved her but did not tell her his feelings). She worships the ground he walks on. See related entries: Love Word Origin Old English weorthscipe ‘worthiness, acknowledgement of worth’ (see worth, -ship).
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BrE BrE//ˈwɜːʃɪp//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɜːrʃɪp//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they worship
BrE BrE//ˈwɜːʃɪp//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɜːrʃɪp//he / she / it worships
BrE BrE//ˈwɜːʃɪps//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɜːrʃɪps//past simple worshipped
BrE BrE//ˈwɜːʃɪpt//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɜːrʃɪpt//past participle worshipped
BrE BrE//ˈwɜːʃɪpt//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɜːrʃɪpt//(North American English also) past simple worshiped
BrE BrE//ˈwɜːʃɪpt//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɜːrʃɪpt//(North American English also) past participle worshiped
BrE BrE//ˈwɜːʃɪpt//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɜːrʃɪpt//-ing form worshipping
BrE BrE//ˈwɜːʃɪpɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɜːrʃɪpɪŋ//(North American English also) -ing form worshiping
BrE BrE//ˈwɜːʃɪpɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɜːrʃɪpɪŋ//Love