Meaning of “worship” in the English Dictionary

"worship" in British English

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uk /ˈwɜː.ʃɪp/ us /ˈwɝː.ʃɪp/ -pp- or US also -p-

worship verb (RELIGION)

C1 [ T ] to have or show a strong feeling of respect and admiration for God or a god:

On the island the people worshipped different gods.

[ I ] to go to a religious ceremony:

They socialize together and worship in the same mosque.
The poll showed that over 40 percent of Americans worship on a weekly basis.

More examples

  • The churches were built to worship God.
  • We need a place to worship.
  • We only worship one god.


uk /ˈwɜː.ʃɪp/ us /ˈwɝː.ʃɪp/

worship noun (RELIGION)

C2 [ U ] the act of worshipping God or a god, often through praying or singing:

daily acts of worship
For Jews, the synagogue is the centre for community worship and study.

More examples

  • Men have always played an active part in leading worship while women have been confined to more passive roles.
  • They were engaged in an act of worship.
  • Worship is an important part of his daily life.

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

"worship" in American English

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us /ˈwɜr·ʃɪp/

worship verb (PRAY)

[ I/T ] -p-, -pp- to pray to God or a god:

[ I ] They went on a pilgrimage to India to worship at the holy Buddhist shrines there.

[ I/T ] -p-, -pp- To worship is also to go regularly to a place for religious ceremonies:

[ I ] They work for the same company, socialize together, and worship at the same church.

worship verb (ADMIRE)

[ T ] to feel a lot of love and admiration for someone or something:

As kids, we worshiped our Aunt Martha, who let us sleep late and took us to great places.

worshipnoun [ U ]

us /ˈwɜr·ʃɪp/

worship noun [ U ] (PRAYER)

A house/place of worship is a building for religious ceremonies and prayer.

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