Heaven Definition

hĕvən
heavens
noun
heavens
The space surrounding or seeming to overarch the earth, in which the sun, moon, and stars appear; sky; firmament.
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A state or place of complete happiness or perfect rest, attained by the good after death.
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Any of the places in or beyond the sky conceived of as domains of divine beings in various religions.
American Heritage
A state of great happiness.
Webster's New World
The powers of heaven; also, God.
Heaven help you!
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pronoun

(religion) Providence, the will of God or the gods, when considered as a personal entity or specific aspect of the divine; Fate.

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(religion) The abode of God or the gods, when considered as a specific location; the abode of the blessed departed who reside in the presence of God or the gods.

1667, John Milton, Paradise Lost, I 263Better to reign in Hell, then serve in Heav'n.
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1625, Nathanæl Carpenter, Geography delineated forth in two bookes, I iv 77
The Heauens...are carried in 24 houres from East to West.
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(uncommon) A patronymic surnamederived from Evan.

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(rare) A female given name of modern usage from the noun heaven.
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verb

(obsolete) To transport to the abode of God, the gods, or the blessed.

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(obsolete) To beätify, enchant, or please greatly.

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(obsolete) To beautify, to make into a paradise.

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idiom
move heaven and earth
  • To do everything possible to bring about something desired.
American Heritage
move heaven and earth
  • to do all that can be done; exert the utmost effort, influence, etc.
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Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Heaven

Origin of Heaven

  • Cognate with Low German hēven (“heaven, sky”), Old Saxon heƀan (“heaven, sky”), and possibly the rare Old Norse hifinn, probably dissimilated forms of the Germanic root which appears in Old Norse himinn (“heaven, sky”), Gothic (himins, “heaven, sky”), Old Swedish himin, Old Danish himæn and probably also (in another variant form) Old Saxon himil, Old Dutch himil (modern Dutch hemel), and Old High German himil (German Himmel).

    From Wiktionary

  • Accepting these as cognates, some scholars propose a further derivation from Proto-Germanic *himinaz or *himilaz (“cover, heaven, sky”), from Proto-Indo-European *k(')emen- (“sky, heaven”), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱem- (“cover, shroud”). Such a derivation would make the word cognate with shame.

    From Wiktionary

  • From a wide variety of Middle English forms including hevin, heuen, and hewin (“heaven, sky”), from Old English heofon (“heaven, sky”), of uncertain origin.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English heven from Old English heofon ak- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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