Definition of blessing in English:

blessing

Syllabification: bless·ing
Pronunciation: /ˈblesiNG
 
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noun

[in singular]
  • 1God’s favor and protection: may God continue to give us his blessing
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    • Continue to lead me and guide me in that way by the blessing of your Holy Spirit.
    • The other essential part of the marriage service is the invocation of divine blessing.
    • I was somewhat baffled as to why a pious Muslim would want a blessing from other spiritual beings.
    Synonyms
    protection, favor
  • 1.1A prayer asking for God’s favor and protection: a priest gave a blessing as the ship was launched
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    • Gamaliel defined no more than the beginnings and ends of blessings, leaving the prayer leader or individual worshipper to improvise on the set theme.
    • God, Allah, the Buddha, or Shiva requires you to offer a sacrifice, a prayer or a blessing.
    • It seems as though all those doubts and worries had been transformed into prayers and blessings, which had then been abundantly answered.
  • 1.2Grace said before or after a meal.
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    • If we speak of the celebration as ‘blessing,’ then, we do so in the same sense that saying grace at meals is blessing.
    • Brother Dave offered a blessing on our evening meal, and asked for guidance in staying focused over the next few days.
    • Lastly, the master of ceremonies could give the meal blessing.
    Synonyms
    benediction, invocation, prayer, intercession; grace
  • 1.3A beneficial thing for which one is grateful; something that brings well-being: great intelligence can be a curse as well as a blessing it’s a blessing we’re alive
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    • I DO agree with Roger Perry that we live in a beautiful world and that we have many blessings to be grateful for.
    • He and Ronny spoke many times about their desire for people everywhere to have the benefit and the blessings of freedom.
    • But the warmth is a blessing and a boon for aching backs after a day of off-road trials.
    Synonyms
    godsend, boon, advantage, benefit, help, bonus, plus; stroke of luck, unmixed blessing, (lucky) break, windfall
    literary benison
  • 1.4A person’s sanction or support: he gave the plan his blessing even before it was announced
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    • John Paul is one of the Woodfield area candidates taking part in the mayoral event and he will give his blessings to all who support this venture.
    • Jones said although her bandmates at Request were sad to see her go, they gave her their blessings and support.
    • If you're still sure that you want to make this travel, you'll have all my support and my blessings.
    Synonyms
    sanction, endorsement, approval, approbation, favor, consent, assent, agreement; backing, support
    informal thumbs up, OK, nod

Phrases

a blessing in disguise

An apparent misfortune that eventually has good results.
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  • The apparent misfortune may turn out to be a blessing in disguise and the seeming stroke of luck the very stuff of tragedy.
  • Old habits die hard, and I believe the heavy fines imposed can eventually turn out to be a blessing in disguise in two ways.
  • Disappointments can often turn out to be blessings in disguise.

count one's blessings

see count1.

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