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heav·​en·​ward | \ ˈhe-vən-wərd How to pronounce heavenward (audio) \

Definition of heavenward

: toward heaven

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This makes them wonderful fodder for the imagination—at some point, hasn’t everyone looked heavenward and seen a fire-breathing dragon floating by? Catherine Zuckerman, National Geographic, "Clouds, explained," 24 Apr. 2019 The ancient Byzantine hymns of the Greek Orthodox church are beautiful and solemn, with earthy drones and trembling melodies that rise heavenward. John Adamian, courant.com, "Philip Glass Premieres 'Annunciation' At Asylum Hill," 14 Apr. 2018 Twenty people sitting in folding chairs, bundled up against the chill with hats, scarves and blankets, gaze heavenward. Janice Steinhagen, Courant Community, "Franklin Astronomer Brings Night Sky Down To Earth," 13 Feb. 2018 Once planted, the tree stretched heavenward like a gnarled finger. Mike Kerrigan, WSJ, "You’re a Good Plant, Charlie Brown," 14 Dec. 2017 The sparse action picks up a tad when another elderly local needs one of Theresa’s fatal joints to help him float heavenward. Colin Covert, Detroit Free Press, "Review: ‘Woodshock’ is a tortured psychological thriller," 29 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of heavenward

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of heavenward

: toward the sky

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