blessing ( blessings plural )
1 n-count A blessing is something good that you are grateful for.
Rivers are a blessing for an agricultural country., ...the blessings of prosperity.
2 n-count If something is done with someone's blessing, it is done with their approval and support.
usu sing, with poss
With the blessing of the White House, a group of Democrats in Congress is meeting to find additional budget cuts..., In April Thai and Indonesian leaders gave their formal blessing to the idea.
3 n-count A blessing is a prayer asking God to look kindly upon the people who are present or the event that is taking place.
5 If you tell someone to count their blessings, you are saying that they should think about how lucky they are instead of complaining.
count one's blessings phrase V inflects
Some would argue this was no burden in fact, and that she should count her blessings.
6 If you say that something is a blessing in disguise, you mean that it causes problems and difficulties at first but later you realize that it was the best thing that could have happened.
blessing in disguise phrase usu v-link PHR
The failure to conclude the trade talks last December could prove a blessing in disguise.
7 If you say that a situation is a mixed blessing, you mean that it has disadvantages as well as advantages.
mixed blessing phrase usu v-link PHR
For ordinary Italians, Sunday's news probably amounts to a mixed blessing.
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