Meaning of “religion” in the English Dictionary

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"religion" in British English

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religionnoun

uk /rɪˈlɪdʒ.ən/ us /rɪˈlɪdʒ.ən/

B1 [ C or U ] the belief in and worship of a god or gods, or any such system of belief and worship:

the Christian religion

[ C ] informal an activity that someone is extremely enthusiastic about and does regularly:

Football is a religion for these people.

More examples

  • It seems to me that a lot of evil deeds are done in the name of religion.
  • What do you think is the role of religion in the modern world?
  • The new government has promised all citizens the right to practise their religion.
  • She has strong opinions about religion.
  • This temple is a place of great holiness for the religion's followers.

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

"religion" in American English

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religionnoun [ C/U ]

us /rɪˈlɪdʒ·ən/

the belief in and worship of a god or gods, or any such system of belief and worship

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