bless·ing | \ˈble-siŋ \

Definition of blessing 

1a : the act or words of one that blesses say the blessing over the wine a priestly blessing

b : approval, encouragement asked her parents for their blessing before he proposed

2 : a thing conducive to happiness or welfare My daughter is a blessing to me in my old age. Their absence turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Count your blessings.

3 : grace (see grace entry 1 sense 5) said at a meal said the blessing before dinner

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Synonyms & Antonyms for blessing


approbation, approval, favor, imprimatur, OK (or okay)


disapprobation, disapproval, disfavor

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Examples of blessing in a Sentence

Presumably he was acting with the government's blessing. They got married without their parents' blessing. We asked the Lord's blessing on us and on our project. He said a blessing before the meal.
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That is a blessing, because the DUP is on the far right on most policy and political matters. Arthur I. Cyr, Lake County News-Sun, "Cyr: Britain’s prime minister takes charge of cabinet," 13 July 2018 Still, at a time when so many Americans seem obsessed with Russia and Putin, the book is a blessing. Simon Shuster, Time, "To Understand Russia, Read A Terrible Country," 12 July 2018 Just to be able to sit in the writers' room with him is a blessing. Chuck Dauphin, Billboard, "Muscadine Bloodline on Working With Luke Laird & Why 'The Heartbeat Starts Pumping on the Road'," 10 July 2018 Ultimately, given America’s domestic profligacy, its ability to borrow from abroad is a blessing. Alan S. Blinder, WSJ, "A Brief Introduction to Trade Economics," 8 July 2018 DeMarcus Ware is one of my favorite players so seeing him was a blessing. Brian Gosset, star-telegram, "Nolan Catholic 4-star DE enjoying his first appearance at The Opening in Frisco," 3 July 2018 The way Oladipo sees it, getting out from under Russell Westbrook's shadow was a blessing. Matthew Vantryon, Indianapolis Star, "One year ago, the Victor Oladipo trade happened. Here's how he gave Pacers fans hope again.," 29 June 2018 She will be remembered by those that knew her and was truly a blessing to all., "Deaths in South Florida: 6/24," 24 June 2018 And Juarez says that realization can actually be a blessing., "So Your Ex Has Moved On...," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of blessing

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for blessing

see bless

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Phrases Related to blessing

count one's blessings

mixed blessing

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The first known use of blessing was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of blessing

: approval that allows or helps you to do something

: help and approval from God

: something that helps you or brings happiness


bless·ing | \ˈble-sing\

Kids Definition of blessing

1 : the act of someone who blesses

2 : approval Voters gave their blessing to the plan.

3 : something that makes a person happy or content We enjoy the blessings of peace.

4 : a short prayer She said a blessing before dinner.

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one that holds something together

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