3 [countable]also Churchone of the separate groups within the Christian religion:
the Catholic Church
4 [singular, uncountable]RRCthe institution of the Christian religion, and all the priests and other ministers who are part of it:
the church's attitude towards marriage
separation of church and state
WORD FOCUS: god WORD FOCUS: god places where people worship God:church (Christians) temple (Buddhists and Hindus) mosque (Muslims) synagogue (Jews) treated with great respect because of being connected with God:holy, sacred having strong beliefs in God:devout, pious someone who does not believe in God :atheist someone who is not sure if God exists:agnosticgod ➔ See alsogodWORD FOCUS: religion WORD FOCUS: religion faithone of the world's main religions, for example Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, or Christianity churcha Christian religious group, for example the Catholic Church secta religious group that is part of a larger religious group but has slightly different beliefs, for example a Buddhist sect cultan extreme religious group that is not part of an established religion faith communitya group of people living in the same area, who have a particular religion secularnot relating to religion or any religious groupreligion ➔ See alsoreligion
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.