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[wur-ship] /ˈwɜr ʃɪp/
reverent honor and homage paid to God or a sacred personage, or to any object regarded as sacred.
formal or ceremonious rendering of such honor and homage:
They attended worship this morning.
adoring reverence or regard:
excessive worship of business success.
the object of adoring reverence or regard.
(initial capital letter) British. a title of honor used in addressing or mentioning certain magistrates and others of high rank or station (usually preceded by Your, His, or Her).
verb (used with object), worshiped, worshiping or (especially British) worshipped, worshipping.
to render religious reverence and homage to.
to feel an adoring reverence or regard for (any person or thing).
verb (used without object), worshiped, worshiping or (especially British) worshipped, worshipping.
to render religious reverence and homage, as to a deity.
to attend services of divine worship.
to feel an adoring reverence or regard.
Origin of worship
before 900; (noun) Middle English wors(c)hipe, worthssipe, Old English worthscipe, variant of weorthscipe; see worth1, -ship; (v.) Middle English, derivative of the noun
Related forms
worshiper, noun
worshipingly, adverb
misworship, verb, misworshiped, misworshiping or (especially British) misworshipped, misworshipping.
preworship, noun, verb, preworshiped, preworshiping or (especially British) preworshipped, preworshipping.
self-worship, noun
self-worshiper, noun
self-worshiping, adjective
self-worshipping, adjective
unworshiped, adjective
unworshiping, adjective
unworshipped, adjective
unworshipping, adjective
3. honor, homage, adoration, idolatry. 7. honor, venerate, revere, adore, glorify, idolize, adulate. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for worshiping
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  • He was worshiping not the animal-headed idols, but the attributes which they personified.

    The Cat of Bubastes G. A. Henty
  • It may be observed that he here confounded washing with worshiping.

    The Gypsies Charles G. Leland
  • If any of these venerated beings could possess divine attributes, there would be less moral objection to worshiping them as Gods.

    The Bible Of Bibles; Kersey Graves
  • Just as John was coming home to her, and she worshiping him so, and he her!

    At Pinney's Ranch Edward Bellamy
  • Crombie exclaimed with fervor, worshiping the very furniture that surrounded Blanche.

  • This is the idol we are worshiping instead of the true and only God.

    The Right Knock Helen Van-Anderson
  • Maggie bestowed the kiss, and immediately afterward was conducted to her room by the worshiping Belle.

    The School Queens L. T. Meade
  • Friday is holy day among Mohammedans and is to be observed in worshiping God.

    Modern Persia Mooshie G. Daniel
British Dictionary definitions for worshiping


verb -ships, -shipping, -shipped (US) -ships, -shiping, -shiped
(transitive) to show profound religious devotion and respect to; adore or venerate (God or any person or thing considered divine)
(transitive) to be devoted to and full of admiration for
(intransitive) to have or express feelings of profound adoration
(intransitive) to attend services for worship
(transitive) (obsolete) to honour
religious adoration or devotion
the formal expression of religious adoration; rites, prayers, etc
admiring love or devotion
(archaic) dignity or standing
Derived Forms
worshipable, adjective
worshipper, noun
Word Origin
Old English weorthscipe, from worth1 + -ship


(mainly 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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Word Origin and History for worshiping



Old English worðscip, wurðscip (Anglian), weorðscipe (West Saxon) "condition of being worthy, honor, renown," from weorð "worthy" (see worth) + -scipe (see -ship). Sense of "reverence paid to a supernatural or divine being" is first recorded c.1300. The original sense is preserved in the title worshipful (c.1300).


c.1200, from worship (n.). Related: Worshipped; worshipping.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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worshiping in the Bible

homage rendered to God which it is sinful (idolatry) to render to any created being (Ex. 34:14; Isa. 2:8). Such worship was refused by Peter (Acts 10:25,26) and by an angel (Rev. 22:8,9).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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