Learner's definition of GOD
1 a : the perfect and all-powerful spirit or being that is worshipped especially by Christians, Jews, and Muslims as the one who created and rules the universe b
◊ God is used informally by itself and in phrases to make a statement or question more forceful or to express surprise, anger, etc. These uses are common but are considered offensive by some people.
God, it's hot out today.
Good God, that's a lot of food!
God Almighty, is it that late already?
My God, what were you thinking?!
Oh my God! I can't believe it!
By God, I refuse to give up!
For God's sake, what do you want from me?
Who in God's name [=on earth, in heaven's name] could that be?
Where in God's name have you been?
I swear to God, if you're not ready in five minutes, I'm leaving without you.
I wish to God you would stop complaining.
2 [count] : a spirit or being that has great power, strength, knowledge, etc., and that can affect nature and the lives of people: one of various spirits or beings worshipped in some religions— often used informally to suggest that what happens to someone is controlled by gods or by luck
The gods smiled/frowned on us. = The gods were/weren't on our side [=we had good/bad luck; things went well/badly for us]
(humorous) The golf gods seem to like you today. [=you are playing golf very well today]
Her sudden arrival was a gift from the gods. [=a very lucky and helpful thing]
3 a : a person and especially a man who is greatly loved or admired b : a person who is very important or powerful in a particular field— usually plural 4 [singular] : something that is regarded as one of the most important things in someone's life 5 the gods British : the highest and cheapest seats in a theater
— used to say what you hope and expect to do or happen if no problems occur
We'll be able to move into our new house next week, God willing.
God willing, I'll finish my degree this year.
(there) but for the grace of God (go I)