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heaven

  

      n  
1    sometimes cap     (Christianity)  
a    the abode of God and the angels  
b    a place or state of communion with God after death  
   Compare       hell  
2    usually pl   the sky, firmament or space surrounding the earth  
3    (in any of various mythologies) a place, such as Elysium or Valhalla, to which those who have died in the gods' favour are brought to dwell in happiness  
4    a place or state of joy and happiness  
5    sing or pl; sometimes cap   God or the gods, used in exclamatory phrases of surprise, exasperation, etc.  
for heaven's sake, heavens above     
6    in seventh heaven   ecstatically happy  
7    move heaven and earth   to do everything possible (to achieve something)  
     (Old English heofon; related to Old Saxon heban)  


heaven-sent  
      adj   providential; fortunate  
a heaven-sent opportunity     
seventh heaven  
      n  
1    the final state of eternal bliss, esp. according to Talmudic and Muslim eschatology  
2    a state of supreme happiness  
     (C19: so named from the belief that there are seven levels of heaven, the seventh and most exalted being the abode of God and the angels)  
tree of heaven  
      n      another name for       ailanthus  
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heaven

  
1    abode of God, bliss, Elysium or Elysian fields     (Greek myth)   happy hunting ground     (Amerind legend)   Happy Valley, hereafter, life everlasting, life to come, next world, nirvana     (Buddhism, Hinduism)   paradise, Valhalla     (Norse myth)   Zion     (Christianity)  
2      (usually plural)    empyrean     (poetic)   ether, firmament, sky, welkin     (archaic)  
3      (figurative)   bliss, dreamland, ecstasy, enchantment, felicity, happiness, paradise, rapture, seventh heaven, sheer bliss, transport, utopia  


heaven-sent     
blessed, felicitous, fortunate, opportune, providential, serendipitous, welcome  

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match made in heaven n.
expression used for describing a perfect compatibility (between people, things, factors etc.)

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