To worship is to show a lot of love and adoration for something. Religious believers worship gods, and people can worship other people and things too.

Worship is an extreme form of love — it's a type of unquestioning devotion. If you worship God, then you love God so much that you don't question him at all. Going to church is a form of worship — so is prayer. People also use the word worship in other cases. If you love a musician or sports star, you might say, "I worship her!" Or someone might say to you, "Man, you need to wake up and stop worshiping him."

Definitions of worship

n the activity of worshipping

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apotheosis, deification, exaltation
the elevation of a person (as to the status of a god)
ancestor worship
worship of ancestors
prayer, supplication
the act of communicating with a deity (especially as a petition or in adoration or contrition or thanksgiving)
idolisation, idolization
the act of worshiping blindly and to excess
adoration, latria
the worship given to God alone
idol worship, idolatry
the worship of idols; the worship of images that are not God
cultism, devotion, idolatry, veneration
religious zeal; the willingness to serve God
autolatry, idiolatry, self-worship
the worship of yourself
arborolatry, tree-worship
the worship of trees
astrolatry, worship of heavenly bodies
the worship of planets or stars
the worship of the cosmos
demonolatry, devil-worship, diabolatry
the acts or rites of worshiping devils
fire-worship, pyrolatry
the worship of fire
hagiolatry, hierolatry
the worship of saints
heliolatry, sun-worship
the worship of the sun
animal-worship, zoolatry
the worship of animals
the worship of a single god but without claiming that it is the only god
moon-worship, selenolatry
the worship of the moon
salaah, salaat, salah, salat
the second pillar of Islam is prayer; a prescribed liturgy performed five times a day (preferably in a mosque) and oriented toward Mecca
offering words of homage as an act of worship
(usually plural) religious observance or prayers (usually spoken silently)
benediction, blessing
the act of praying for divine protection
the idolization of William Shakespeare
the worship of sacred images
Bible-worship, bibliolatry
the worship of the Bible
grammatolatry, verbolatry, word-worship
the worship of words
symbol-worship, symbolatry, symbololatry
the worship of symbols
anthropolatry, worship of man
the worship of human beings
gynaeolatry, gyneolatry, woman-worship
the worship of women
the worship of a lord because of his rank or title
miracle-worship, thaumatolatry
the worship of miracles
place-worship, topolatry
the worship of places
fish-worship, ichthyolatry
the worship of fish
ophiolatry, serpent-worship
the worship of snakes
a shout or song of praise to God
Type of:
any specific behavior

n a feeling of profound love and admiration

Type of:
a strong positive emotion of regard and affection

v show devotion to (a deity)

“Many Hindus worship Shiva”
Type of:
fear, revere, reverence, venerate
regard with feelings of respect and reverence; consider hallowed or exalted or be in awe of

v love unquestioningly and uncritically or to excess; venerate as an idol

hero-worship, idolise, idolize, revere
drool over, slobber over
envy without restraint
Type of:
love intensely

v attend religious services

“They worship in the traditional manner”
offer, offer up
present as an act of worship
make a sacrifice of; in religious rituals
Type of:
attend, go to
be present at (meetings, church services, university), etc.

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