god·​send | \ ˈgäd-ˌsend also ˈgȯd- How to pronounce godsend (audio) \

Definition of godsend

: a desirable or needed thing or event that comes unexpectedly The widespread rain was a godsend for farmers.

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Examples of godsend in a Sentence

that holiday bonus has proved to be a godsend for my bills

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An automatic litter box really can be a godsend to those scooper troopers out there. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "How Much Litter Box Do You Really Get for $500?," 23 Jan. 2019 And other sports that once saw replay technology as a godsend to rid the sport of embarrassing missed calls have seen dirty downsides to replay’s reality. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The World Cup Has Adopted Instant Replay. On Further Review, That’s a Bad Idea," 14 June 2018 Eddie Butler, the 25th guy to make the roster, has emerged as a godsend. David Haugh, chicagotribune.com, "When it comes to conclusions on the Cubs after 15 games, best to avoid extremes," 18 Apr. 2018 Marlo finds that Tully is a godsend and the two become close friends. Mark Rapp, cleveland.com, "Movie capsules for May 11: "Bad Samaritan" & More," 10 May 2018 For professional investors, times of heightened volatility can sometimes be a godsend. Daniel Kruger, WSJ, "Individual Investors Try Not to Panic Over Big Market Gyrations," 1 Jan. 2019 Meghan Markle is a style icon the world over, and her love of super wearable, everyday footwear is a godsend for anyone who's ever lamented the lack of comfortable but chic shoes for the office. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle’s Royal Tour Pumps Just Hit Nordstrom and They’re Super Affordable," 25 Nov. 2018 Priya Krishna examines how WhatsApp has become a hub for people to discuss farming and food — an unusual hybrid of online forum, help line, and blog: But among Indians who produce, cook or care about food, the service has been a godsend. Casey Newton, The Verge, "The UK’s inquiry into fake news is focused on a long-dead bikini-finding app," 27 Nov. 2018 For those with oily or combination skin types, Skin Food Light will be a godsend. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Exclusive: Weleda Created an Entire Collection of Skin Food Products," 22 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of godsend

1792, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for godsend

back-formation from god-sent

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The first known use of godsend was in 1792

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English Language Learners Definition of godsend

: something that provides great and usually unexpected help when it is needed
: a very helpful person


god·​send | \ ˈgäd-ˌsend How to pronounce godsend (audio) \

Kids Definition of godsend

: some badly needed thing that comes unexpectedly The new job was a godsend.

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