bless·​ing | \ ˈble-siŋ How to pronounce blessing (audio) \

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


benediction, benison


anathema, curse, execration, imprecation, malediction

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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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Eventually, with her father's blessing, Elizabeth married Philip Mountbatten (now Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh) in a November 1947 wedding. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Inside Queen Elizabeth II's Remarkably Close Relationship With Her Father, King George VI," 5 Feb. 2019 Community groups such as PUSH Buffalo (People United for Sustainable Housing) saw potential in this unused structure and wanted the neighborhood’s blessing to move forward. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Buffalo elementary school gets second life as solar-powered community hub," 19 July 2018 Brendan Reilly, 42nd, the initial step in the process toward gaining the alderman’s blessing, and eventually zoning approval from the City Council. Ryan Ori,, "Union Station's redevelopment could start by spring, adding amenities for 37 million annual passengers," 25 June 2018 New Yorkers can also adjust their gender on birth certificates without the blessing of medical and mental-health professionals. Jacob Gershman, WSJ, "New for 2019: Laws on Guns, Harassment, Cannabis-Spiked Drinks," 2 Jan. 2019 One of the great blessings of this brand is — and I’ve said this to investors and distributors — if there were a shortage at our door of talent wanting to work here, I would be concerned. Peter Kafka, Recode, "Here’s what HBO’s new boss really said about the company’s plans under AT&T," 10 July 2018 The framers established that the Constitution is designed to secure the blessings of liberty, Kavanaugh said. CBS News, "Judge Brett Kavanaugh named Trump's second Supreme Court justice - live updates," 9 July 2018 Mary Ellen enjoyed the blessings of a loving husband, a close family, and many friends. Hartford Courant,, "Mary Ellen Shea," 8 July 2018 The redo had the blessing of 199 Fremont’s owners, who worked out a deal with 181 Fremont developer Jay Paul Co. to allow access to the tight site during construction. John King,, "New nimble, frisky SoMa tower fits neatly into surroundings," 6 July 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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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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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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