Definition of blessing noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈblesɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈblesɪŋ//
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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. CollocationsReligionBeing religious believe in God/​Christ/​Allah/​free will/​predestination/​heaven and hell/​an afterlife/​reincarnation be/​become a believer/​an atheist/​an agnostic/​a Christian/​Muslim/​Hindu/​Buddhist, etc. convert to/​practise/ (especially US English) practice a religion/​Buddhism/​Catholicism/​Christianity/​Islam/​Judaism, etc. go to church/(North American English) temple (= the synagogue) go to the local church/​mosque/​synagogue/​gurdwara belong to a church/​a religious community join/​enter the church/​a convent/​a monastery/​a religious sect/​the clergy/​the priesthood 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 mitzvah carry out/​perform a sacred/​burial/​funeral/​fertility/​purification rite go on/​make a pilgrimage celebrate Christmas/​Easter/​Eid/​Ramadan/​Hanukkah/​Passover/​Diwali 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 study/​follow the dharma/​the teachings of Buddha read/​study/​understand/​interpret scripture/​the Bible/​the Koran/​the gospel/​the Torah be based on/​derive from divine revelation commit/​consider something heresy/​sacrilegeReligious belief and experience seek/​find/​gain enlightenment/​wisdom strengthen/​lose your faith keep/​practise/​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. see also mixed blessing
  4. Extra examples He went off to Latin America with his mother’s blessing. She received the full blessing of her employers. The blessing was said in Hebrew. The government has given its official blessing to the project. They asked God’s blessing on their pastoral work. Being famous can be a mixed blessing. Her looks turned out to be more of a curse than a blessing. It’s a blessing that no one was in the house when the fire started. Not getting that job proved to be a blessing in disguise. The Board gave its blessing to the plan. The budget was pushed through by the government without the blessing of the opposition. The document received official blessing. This arrangement received the full blessing of the committee. You should stop complaining and count your blessings.Idioms something that seems to be a problem at first, but that has good results in the end to be grateful for the good things in your life
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