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Topic: RELIGION

Language: Old English
Origin: heofon

heaven

noun
     
heav‧en S3
1 also Heaven

place of god

[singular]RR the place where God is believed to live and where good people are believed to go when they die [↪ paradise]
in heaven
He believed that he and his wife would one day be together again in heaven.
2

enjoyable situation

[uncountable] informal an extremely enjoyable situation or place [= paradise]:
Sitting by the pool with a good book is my idea of heaven.
in heaven
Put a baseball in his hand and he's in heaven.
Living on the farm for Jim was heaven on earth.
a match/marriage made in heaven (=a happy and successful marriage)
3 spoken

for heaven's sake

a) used to show that you are annoyed or angry:
Oh, for heaven's sake, Mark, do you have to make everything into a joke?
b) used to emphasize a question, request, order, or opinion:
For heaven's sake, let's all get to sleep.
4 spoken

heaven (only) knows

a) used to emphasize that you do not know something:
He won't tell me what he thinks. Heaven knows why.
b) used to emphasize what you are saying:
Sue can't take a holiday yet, though heaven knows she needs a rest.
5 spoken

heaven help somebody

a) used to express sympathy for someone who is in a dangerous or difficult situation:
'The two boys are going to the dentist on Thursday.' 'Heaven help the dentist.'
b) used to say that you will be very angry with someone if they do something:
Heaven help him if he ever comes back here again!
6 spoken

heaven forbid

used to say that you very much hope something will not happen:
What would you do financially if, heaven forbid, your husband died?
7 spoken

what/how/why etc in heaven's name

used when asking a surprised and angry question:
Where in heaven's name have you been?
8

the heavens

literary the sky:
He looked up towards the heavens.
Just then, the heavens opened (=it started to rain heavily).
9

move heaven and earth

to try very hard to achieve something:
I would move heaven and earth to help her.

➔ be in seventh heaven

at seventh1 (2)

➔ thank heaven(s)

at thank (2)
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