Meaning of “god” in the English Dictionary

"god" in British English

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godnoun [ C ]

uk /ɡɒd/ us /ɡɑːd/

god noun [ C ] (SPIRIT)

B2 a spirit or being believed to control some part of the universe or life and often worshipped for doing so, or something that represents this spirit or being:

the ancient Greek gods and goddesses

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  • The site was named after a Norse god.
  • Their sacred dance is performed to invoke ancient gods.
  • The children enjoyed the stories about the gods and goddesses of Greek and Roman myth.
  • The gods smiled on us and we had brilliant sunshine throughout the day.
  • In the various regions of India, Hindus worship different gods and observe different religious festivals.

Godnoun [ S not after the ]

uk /ɡɒd/ us /ɡɑːd/

A2 (in some religions) the being who made the universe and is believed to have an effect on all things:

Do you believe in God?

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  • Do you believe in an all-powerful god ?
  • As an agnostic he believed that nothing can be known of the existence or nature of God.
  • God knows how we're going to be ready on time.
  • She believed that God doesn't exist.
  • Thank God you're here. I've been looking everywhere for you.

(Definition of “god” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"god" in American English

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godnoun [ C ]

us /ɡɑd/ female goddess, /ˈɡɑd·əs/

a spirit or being believed to control some part of the universe or life and often worshiped for doing so, or a representation of this being:

the god of war

A god can also be someone who is admired a lot or too much:

Dr. Tay is a god to me.

Godnoun [ U ]

us /ɡɑd/

(esp. in Christian, Jewish, and Muslim belief) the being that created and rules the universe, the earth, and its people:

Do you believe in God?

(Definition of “god” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)