What does worship mean?

Definitions for worship
ˈwɜr ʃɪpwor·ship

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. worshipnoun

    the activity of worshipping

  2. worship, adorationverb

    a feeling of profound love and admiration

  3. idolize, idolise, worship, hero-worship, revereverb

    love unquestioningly and uncritically or to excess; venerate as an idol

    "Many teenagers idolized the Beatles"

  4. worshipverb

    show devotion to (a deity)

    "Many Hindus worship Shiva"

  5. worshipverb

    attend religious services

    "They worship in the traditional manner"


  1. worshipnoun

    The condition of being worthy; honour, distinction.

  2. worshipnoun

    The devotion accorded to a deity or to a sacred object

  3. worshipnoun

    The religious ceremonies that express this devotion

  4. worshipnoun

    The ardent love of a person

  5. worshipverb

    To honor and adore, especially as a deity.

  6. worshipverb

    To participate in religious ceremonies.

  7. Worshipnoun

    A form of address of a mayor and other dignitaries

  8. Worshipnoun

    A form of address of a mayor.

  9. Etymology: weorþscipe, corresponding to.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Worshipnoun

    Etymology: weorðscype , Saxon.

    Thou madest him lower than the angels, to crown him with glory and worship. Ps. viii. 5.

    Elfin born of noble state,
    And muckle worship in his native land,
    Well could he tourney, and in lifts debate. Fairy Queen.

    My train are men of choice, and rarest parts,
    That all particulars of duty know;
    And in the most exact regard support
    The worship of their names. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    I belong to worship, and affect
    In honour, honesty. William Shakespeare, Hen. VIII.

    Dinner is on table; my father desires your worship’s company. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.

    The old Romans freedom did bestow,
    Our princes worship with a blow. Hudibras.

    What lands and lordships for their owner know
    My quondam barber, but his worship now. Dryden.

    Against your worship, when had S —— k writ?
    Or P —— ge pour’d forth the torrent of his wit? Alexander Pope.

    They join their vocal worship to the quire
    Of creatures wanting voice. John Milton.

    He wav’d a torch aloft, and, madly vain,
    Sought godlike worship from a servile train. Dryden.

    The worship of God is an eminent part of religion, and prayer is a chief part of religious worship: hence religion is described by seeking God. John Tillotson.

    There were several inroads into Germany, particularly a voyage of the Egyptians under Osiris up the Danube; from them the Suevi had their worship of Isis. Arbuthnot.

    The humble guest shall have worship in the presence of those who sit at meat with him. Luke xiv. 10.

    Since God hath appointed government among men, it is plain that his intention was, that some kind of worship should be given from some to others; for where there is a power to punish and reward, there is a foundation of worship in those who are under that power; which worship lies in expressing a due regard to that power, by a care not to provoke it, and an endeavour to obtain the favour of it, which, among mankind, is called civil worship. Edward Stillingfleet.

    ’Tis not your inky brows, your black silk hair,
    Your bugle eyeballs, nor your cheek of cream
    That can entame my spirits to your worship. William Shakespeare.

  2. To Worshipverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Thou shalt worship no other God. Exod. xxxiv. 14.

    Let no man beguile you of your reward, in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels. Col. ii. 18.

    Adore and worship God Supreme. John Milton.

    First worship God; he that forgets to pray,
    Bids not himself good-morrow nor good-day. Thomas Randolph.

    On the smooth rind the passenger shall see
    Thy name engrav’d, and worship Helen’s tree. Dryden.

    Our grave,
    Like Turkish mute, shall have a tongueless mouth,
    Not worshipp’d with a waxen epitaph. William Shakespeare, Henry V.

  3. To Worshipverb

    To perform acts of adoration.

    I and the lad will go yonder and worship. Gen. xxii. 5.

    The people went to worship before the golden calf. 1 Kings.


  1. Worship

    Worship is an act of religious devotion usually directed towards a deity. It may involve one or more of activities such as veneration, adoration, praise, and praying. For many, worship is not about an emotion, it is more about a recognition of a God or gods. An act of worship may be performed individually, in an informal or formal group, or by a designated leader. Such acts may involve honoring.


  1. worship

    Worship is an act or practice of reverencing, honoring, and showing devotion to a deity or a divine being, often carried out through rituals, prayers, songs, and other religious or spiritual practices. It involves acknowledging the supreme power and expressing deep respect, love, gratitude, or submission towards the object of worship. Worship can be conducted individually or collectively within religious communities and serves to strengthen one's connection to the divine and foster spiritual growth.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Worshipadjective

    excellence of character; dignity; worth; worthiness

  2. Worshipadjective

    honor; respect; civil deference

  3. Worshipadjective

    hence, a title of honor, used in addresses to certain magistrates and others of rank or station

  4. Worshipadjective

    the act of paying divine honors to the Supreme Being; religious reverence and homage; adoration, or acts of reverence, paid to God, or a being viewed as God

  5. Worshipadjective

    obsequious or submissive respect; extravagant admiration; adoration

  6. Worshipadjective

    an object of worship

  7. Worshipverb

    to respect; to honor; to treat with civil reverence

  8. Worshipverb

    to pay divine honors to; to reverence with supreme respect and veneration; to perform religious exercises in honor of; to adore; to venerate

  9. Worshipverb

    to honor with extravagant love and extreme submission, as a lover; to adore; to idolize

  10. Worshipverb

    to perform acts of homage or adoration; esp., to perform religious service

  11. Etymology: [OE. worshipe, wurscipe, AS. weorscipe; weor worth + -scipe -ship. See Worth, a., and -ship.]


  1. Worship

    Worship is an act of religious devotion usually directed towards a deity. The word is derived from the Old English worthscipe, meaning worthiness or worth-ship—to give, at its simplest, worth to something. Evelyn Underhill defines worship thus: "The absolute acknowledgment of all that lies beyond us—the glory that fills heaven and earth. It is the response that conscious beings make to their Creator, to the Eternal Reality from which they came forth; to God, however they may think of Him or recognize Him, and whether He be realized through religion, through nature, through history, through science, art, or human life and character." Worship asserts the reality of its object and defines its meaning by reference to it. An act of worship may be performed individually, in an informal or formal group, or by a designated leader.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Worship

    wur′ship, n. religious service: fervent esteem: adoration paid to God: a title of honour in addressing certain magistrates, &c.: submissive respect.—v.t. to respect highly: to treat with civil reverence: to pay divine honours to: to adore or idolise.—v.i. to perform acts of adoration: to perform religious service:—pr.p. wor′shipping; pa.t. and pa.p. wor′shipped.adjs. Wor′shipable, Wor′shipful, worthy of worship or honour, used as a term of respect.—adv. Wor′shipfully.—n. Wor′shipfulness.—adj. Wor′shipless, destitute of worship or worshippers.—n. Wor′shipper.—House, or Place, of worship, a church or chapel. [A.S. weorthscipeweorth, wurth, worth, affix -scipe, -ship.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Worship is ranked #152628 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Worship surname appeared 107 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Worship.

    94.3% or 101 total occurrences were Black.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'worship' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4501

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'worship' in Nouns Frequency: #2468

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of worship in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of worship in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of worship in a Sentence

  1. Northrop Frye:

    Culture's essential service to a religion is to destroy intellectual idolatry, the recurrent tendency in religion to replace the object of its worship with its present understanding and forms of approach to that object.

  2. Woodrow Wilson:

    No man can worship God or love his neighbor on an empty stomach.

  3. H. L. Mencken:

    Democracy is a form of religion, it is the worship of jackals by jack asses.

  4. Pope Francis:

    Religious freedom certainly means the right to worship God, individually and in community, as our conscience dictates, but religious liberty, by its nature, transcends places of worship and the private sphere of individuals and families.

  5. Ray Cannata:

    Things feel really grim right now, so we printed up the signs to give people something to smile about. People are coming into the church to worship and celebrate, but they're worried about getting sick or making someone else sick. Everyone's wearing masks and giving each other space. It's all stuff we aren't accustomed to at all so this just helps lighten the mood.

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Translations for worship

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  • عبادة, عبدArabic
  • পূজা করাBengali
  • adorar, venerar, veneració, culte, adoracióCatalan, Valencian
  • bohoslužba, uctívání, uctívatCzech
  • tilbedelseDanish
  • Gottesdienst, Verehrung, verehren, anbeten, AnbetungGerman
  • λατρείαGreek
  • adoraciónSpanish
  • palvontamenot, jumalanpalvelus, palvonta, palvoaFinnish
  • adoration, vénération, adorer, culte, vénérerFrench
  • adhradh, dèan adhradhScottish Gaelic
  • הערצה, עבודת האל, עבד ל..., סגידה, עבודה, סגד, עבד לאלHebrew
  • पूजाHindi
  • imádHungarian
  • պաշտօնArmenian
  • memujaIndonesian
  • adorazione, ardore, adorare, celebrare, deificare, culto, venerare, venerazioneItalian
  • פולחןHebrew
  • 崇拝, 礼拝Japanese
  • 예배Korean
  • peristinKurdish
  • cultumLatin
  • vererenDutch
  • tilbedelseNorwegian
  • czcićPolish
  • venerar, adoração, cultuação, culto, adorarPortuguese
  • închinaRomanian
  • богослуже́ние, боготворе́ние, обожа́ние, поклоня́ться, почита́ть, поклоне́ние, благогове́ть, благогове́ние, почита́ние, боготвори́тьRussian
  • slaviti, obožavati, обожавати, славитиSerbo-Croatian
  • dyrka, tillbe, dyrkan, tillbedjanSwedish
  • abuduSwahili
  • வழிபாடுTamil
  • tapınma, tapmak, ibadet, tapmaTurkish
  • богослу� інняUkrainian
  • پوجا, پرستش, عبادتUrdu
  • topinmoqUzbek
  • 崇拜Chinese

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    how can i worship Jesus Christ whin i am by my self email is Walter.Taylor34@Gmail.Com to contact me on thit Ok
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