heaven

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
heav•en /ˈhɛvən/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. Religion the place where God, the angels, and the spirits of good people live after death:[uncountable]children taught they must be good if they want to go to heaven some day.
  2. Usually,  heavens. [plural] the sky:Ancient astronomers studied the heavens.
  3. a place or state of supreme happiness:[uncountable]This tropical island is heaven.
  4. Often,  heavens. This word is used in phrases to express emphasis, surprise, or other emotion:For heaven's sake, watch what you're doing!
heav•en•ly, adj.,  -li•er, -li•est. 
heav•en•ward /ˈhɛvənwɚd/USA pronunciation  adv., adj. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
heav•en  (hevən),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Religionthe abode of God, the angels, and the spirits of the righteous after death;
    the place or state of existence of the blessed after the mortal life.
  2. Religion(cap.) Often,  Heavens. the celestial powers;
    God.
  3. Religiona metonym for God (used in expressions of emphasis, surprise, etc.):For heaven's sake!
  4. heavens: 
    • (used interjectionally to express emphasis, surprise, etc.):Heavens, what a cold room!
    • Show Business(used with a sing. v.) a wooden roof or canopy over the outer stage of an Elizabethan theater.
  5. Usually,  heavens. the sky, firmament, or expanse of space surrounding the earth.
  6. a place or state of supreme happiness:She made his life a heaven on earth.
  7. Idiomsmove heaven and earth, to do one's utmost to effect an end;
    make a supreme effort:She promised to move heaven and earth to be there for our wedding anniversary.
heaven•less, adj. 
  • bef. 900; Middle English heven, Old English heofon; cognate with Middle Low German heven; akin to Old Norse himinn, Gothic himins, German Himmel

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
heaven /ˈhɛvən/ n
  1. (sometimes capital) the abode of God and the angels
  2. a place or state of communion with God after death
  3. (usually plural) the sky, firmament or space surrounding the earth
  4. (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
  5. a place or state of joy and happiness
  6. (singular) or plural; sometimes capital: God or the gods, used in exclamatory phrases of surprise, exasperation, etc: for heaven's sake, heavens above
  7. in seventh heavenecstatically happy
  8. move heaven and earthto do everything possible (to achieve something)
Etymology: Old English heofon; related to Old Saxon heban
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Collocations: [cat, dog] heaven, a heaven-sent [rain, opportunity, gift], the [Christian, Jewish, Islamic] idea of heaven, more...

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