- 1 God [singular] (not used with the) (in Christianity, Islam and Judaism) the being or spirit that is worshipped and is believed to have created the universe Do you believe in God? Good luck and God bless you. the Son of God (= Christ) I swear by Almighty God that the evidence I shall give… (= in a court of law) 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 See related entries: Religious people, Types of belief
- 2 [countable] (in some religions) a being or spirit who is believed to have power over a particular part of nature or who is believed to represent a particular quality Mars was the Roman god of war. the rain god Greek gods see also goddess See related entries: Religious people, Types of belief
- 3[countable] a person who is loved or admired very much by other people To her fans she's a god. see also goddess
- 4[countable] something to which too much importance or attention is given Money is his god.
- 5the gods [plural] (British English, informal) the seats that are high up at the back of a theatre We could only afford to sit in the gods. See related entries: In the theatre Word Origin Old English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch god and German Gott.Extra examples Do you believe in God? He has given up drinking and found God. He saw the accident as the will of God. Muslims have only one God. Nothing ever shook her faith in God. The Romans had many gods. The people worshipped pagan gods. the Jewish God the Roman god of war those who follow false gods To her fans she’s a god.Idioms (law) an event caused by natural forces beyond human control, such as a storm, a flood or an earthquake See related entries: Natural disasters (old-fashioned, informal) used to emphasize a feeling of determination or surprise Some people find this use offensive. (old-fashioned, informal) used when you are expressing anger and the fact that you are impatient For the love of God, tell me what he said!
- 1 used to emphasize that you do not know something God knows what else they might find. ‘Where are they?’ ‘Goodness knows.’ Some people may find the use of God knows offensive.
- 2used to emphasize the truth of what you are saying She ought to pass the exam—goodness knows she's been working hard enough.
(informal) used to emphasize what you are saying when you are surprised, shocked or annoyed God, what a stupid thing to do! Some people find this use offensive. used when you are leaving somebody, to say that you hope they will be safe, etc. Goodnight, God bless. (informal) used to say that you hope that something will not happen ‘Maybe you'll end up as a lawyer, like me.’ ‘God forbid!’ Some people find this use offensive. (informal) used to say that you are afraid somebody will be in danger or that something bad will happen to them God help us if this doesn't work. Some people find this use offensive.