see also: Worship
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈwɜː.ʃɪp/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈwɝ.ʃɪp/

worship (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete) The condition of being worthy; honour, distinction.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, [http://quod.lib.umich.edu/c/cme/MaloryWks2/1:3.21?rgn=div2;view=fulltext chapter xxiij], in Le Morte Darthur, book I:
      I will be on horsbak said the knyght / thenne was Arthur wrothe and dressid his sheld toward hym with his swerd drawen / whan the knyght sawe that / he a lyghte / for hym thought no worship to haue a knyght at suche auaille he to be on horsbak and he on foot and so he alyght & dressid his sheld vnto Arthur
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.3:
      Then he forth on his journey did proceede, / To seeke adventures which mote him befall, / And win him worship through his warlike deed […].
  2. The devotion accorded to a deity or to a sacred object.
  3. The religious ceremonies that express this devotion.
    • The worship of God is an eminent part of religion, and prayer is a chief part of religious worship.
  4. (by extension) Voluntary, utter submission; voluntary, utter deference.
  5. (also by extension) Ardent love.
  6. An object of worship.
    • In attitude and aspect formed to be / At once the artist's worship and despair.
  7. Honour; respect; civil deference.
    • of which great worth and worship may be won
    • Bible, Gospel of Luke xiv. 10
      Then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee.
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worship (worships, present participle worshipping; past and past participle worshipped)

  1. (transitive) To reverence (a deity, etc.) with supreme respect and veneration; to perform religious exercises in honour of.
    • 1598–1599 (first performance), William Shakespeare, “Much Adoe about Nothing”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene i]:
      God is to be worshipped.
    • 1655, John Milton, Sonnet 18
      When all our fathers worshipped stocks and stones.
  2. (transitive) To honour with extravagant love and extreme submission, as a lover; to adore; to idolize.
    • With bended knees I daily worship her.
  3. (intransitive) To participate in religious ceremonies.
    We worship at the church down the road.
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worship (plural worships)

  1. (British) A form of address of a mayor and other dignitaries
  2. (Canada, archaic) A form of address of a mayor.

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