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Definition of blessing noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    blessing

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    noun
    NAmE//ˈblɛsɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[usually singular] God's help and protection, or a prayer asking for this to pray for God's blessing The bishop said the blessing. Topic CollocationsReligionbeing religious believe in God/Christ/Allah/free will/predestination/heaven and hell/an afterlife/reincarnation be/become an agnostic/an atheist/a believer/a Buddhist/Christian/Hindu/Muslim, etc. convert to/practice a religion/Buddhism/Catholicism/Christianity/Islam/Judaism, etc. go to church/temple (= the synagogue) go to the local church/mosque/synagogue belong to a church/a religious community join/enter the Church/a convent/a monastery/the clergy/the priesthood/a religious sect/a cult praise/worship/obey/serve/glorify Godcelebrations and ritual attend/hold/conduct/lead a service perform a ceremony/a rite/a ritual/a baptism/the Hajj/a bar mitzvah/a bat mitzvah carry out/perform a sacred/burial/funeral/fertility/purification rite/the last rites go on/make a pilgrimage celebrate Christmas/Diwali/Easter/Eid/Hanukkah/Passover/Ramadan observe/break the Sabbath/a fast/Ramadan deliver/preach/hear a sermon lead/address the congregation say/recite a prayer/blessingreligious texts and ideas preach/proclaim/spread the word of God/the Gospel/the message of Islam/a message study/follow the dharma/the teachings of Buddha read/study/understand/interpret scripture/the Bible/the Koran/the Gospel/the Torah be based on/derived from divine revelation commit/consider something heresy/sacrilegereligious belief and experience seek/find/gain enlightenment/wisdom strengthen/lose/question your faith keep/practice/abandon the faith save/purify/lose your soul obey/follow/keep/break/violate a commandment/Islamic law/Jewish law be/accept/do God's will receive/experience divine grace achieve/attain enlightenment/salvation/nirvana undergo a conversion/rebirth/reincarnation hear/answer a prayer commit/confess/forgive a sin do/perform penance
  2. 2[usually singular] approval of or permission for something The government gave its blessing to the new plans. He went with his parents'blessing.
  3. 3something that is good or helpful Lack of traffic is one of the blessings of country life. It's a blessing that nobody was in the house at the time.
  4. Idioms
    a blessing in disguise
     
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    something that seems to be a problem at first, but that has good results in the end
    count your blessings
     
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    to be grateful for the good things in your life
    a mixed blessing/a blessing and a curse
     
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    something that has advantages and disadvantages Wealth can be a mixed blessing. A home studio can be a blessing and a curse for a workaholic.
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