- To do everything possible to bring about something desired.
- to do all that can be done; exert the utmost effort, influence, etc.
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).
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 a wide variety of Middle English forms including hevin, heuen, and hewin (“heaven, sky”), from Old English heofon (“heaven, sky”), of uncertain origin.
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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