a. The reverent love and devotion accorded a deity, an idol, or a sacred object.
b. The ceremonies, prayers, or other religious forms by which this love is expressed: a chapel where worship is held daily.
2. Ardent admiration or love; adoration: the worship of celebrities.
3. often Worship Chiefly British Used as a form of address for magistrates, mayors, and certain other dignitaries: Your Worship.
v. wor·shiped, wor·ship·ing, wor·ships or wor·shipped or wor·ship·ping
1. To honor and love as a deity.
To participate in religious rites of worship.
[Middle English worshipe, worthiness, honor, from Old English weorthscipe : weorth, worth; see worth1 + -scipe, -ship.]
wor′ship·er, wor′ship·per n.
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1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) (tr) to show profound religious devotion and respect to; adore or venerate (God or any person or thing considered divine)
2. (tr) to be devoted to and full of admiration for
3. (intr) to have or express feelings of profound adoration
4. (Ecclesiastical Terms) (intr) to attend services for worship
5. (tr) obsolete to honour
6. (Ecclesiastical Terms) religious adoration or devotion
7. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the formal expression of religious adoration; rites, prayers, etc
8. admiring love or devotion
9. archaic dignity or standing
[Old English weorthscipe, from worth1 + -ship]
ˈworshipper, ˈworshiper n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) chiefly Brit (preceded by: Your, His, or Her) a title used to address or refer to a mayor, magistrate, or a person of similar high rank
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n., v. -shiped or shipped, -ship•ing or -ship•ping. n.
1. reverent honor and homage paid to God or a sacred personage, or to any object regarded as sacred.
2. formal or ceremonious rendering of such honor and homage: to attend worship on Sundays.
3. adoring reverence or regard.
4. the object of adoring reverence or regard.
5. (cap.) Brit. and Canadian. a title of honor used of certain magistrates and others of high rank or station (usu. prec. by Your, His, or Her).
6. to render religious reverence and homage to.
7. to feel an adoring reverence or regard for (any person or thing).
8. to render religious reverence and homage, as to a deity.
9. to attend services of divine worship.
10. to feel an adoring reverence or regard.
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Past participle: worshipped
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