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noun religion pronunciation in American English /rɪˈlɪdʒən/ 
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] the belief in the existence of a god or gods

    Religion is something we always argue about.

    1. a.
      [countable/uncountable] a system of beliefs in a god or gods that has its own ceremonies and traditions

      the Christian/Hindu/Muslim religion

      The children are learning about different cultures and religions.

  2. 2
    [singular] informal an activity or goal that is extremely important to you

    As students, socialism was our religion.

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