Definition of worship verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    worship

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
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  1. 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. 2  [intransitive] to go to a service in a religious building We worship at St Mary's. He worshipped at the local mosque.
  3. 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
  4. Word Origin Old English weorthscipe ‘worthiness, acknowledgement of worth’ (see worth, -ship).
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