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English definition of “religion”


noun uk   /rɪˈlɪdʒ.ən/ us  
B1 [C or U] the belief in and worship of a god or gods, or any such system of belief and worship: the Christian religionReligious beliefs and atheistic beliefs [C] informal an activity that someone is extremely enthusiastic about and does regularly: Football is a religion for these people.Passionate or passing interests
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