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Something wanted or needed that comes or happens unexpectedly.

[Alteration of Middle English goddes sand, God's message : goddes, genitive of God, God; see god + sand, message (from Old English; see sent- in Indo-European roots).]
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a person or thing that comes unexpectedly but is particularly welcome
[C19: changed from C17 God's send, alteration of goddes sand God's message, from Old English sand; see send1]
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an unexpected thing or event that is particularly welcome and timely, as if sent by God.
[1805–15; earlier God's send, variant (by influence of send1) of God's sond or sand, Middle English Godes sand (Old English sand message, service)]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.godsend - a sudden happening that brings good fortune (as a sudden opportunity to make money); "the demand for testing has created a boom for those unregulated laboratories where boxes of specimen jars are processed like an assembly line"
happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent - an event that happens
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noun blessing, help, benefit, asset, boon A microwave is a godsend for busy people.
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حَظ غير مُنْتَظَر
dar z nebe
guds gave
guîsgjöf, himnasending
tam vaktinde Allah'tan gelen yardım


[ˈgɒdsend] Ndon m del cielo
it was a godsend to usnos llegó en buena hora
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005


[ˈgɒdsɛnd] naubaine f, bénédiction f
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[ˈgɒdˌsɛnd] ndono del cielo
it was a godsend to us → è stata una vera manna per noi
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(god) noun
1. (with capital) the creator and ruler of the world (in the Christian, Jewish etc religions).
2. (feminine ˈgoddess) a supernatural being who is worshipped. the gods of Greece and Rome.
ˈgodly adjective
religious. a godly man/life.
ˈgodliness noun
ˈgodchild, ˈgoddaughter, ˈgodson nouns
a child who has a godparent or godparents.
ˈgodfather, ˈgodmother, ˈgodparent nouns
a person who, at a child's baptism, promises to take an active interest in its welfare.
ˈgodsend noun
a very welcome piece of unexpected good luck. Your cheque was an absolute godsend.
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References in classic literature ?
Her public contributions amounted to the sum of 216,000 florins-- a perfect godsend.
For a little knot of smokers and solemn gossips, who had seldom any new topics of discussion, this was a perfect Godsend. Here was a good, dark-looking mystery progressing under that very roof-- brought home to the fireside, as it were, and enjoyable without the smallest pains or trouble.
The arrival of an American man-of-war is a godsend to them.
Philip quickly reckoned out how much that would amount to, and his mouth watered; thirty pounds would be a godsend just then, and he thought the fates owed him something.
An attempt at divorce could lead to nothing but a public scandal, which would be a perfect godsend to his enemies for calumny and attacks on his high position in society.
At the time when, to have been a tumbler in the mud of the streets, would have been a godsend to me, a prize in the lottery to me, you were at the Italian Opera.
"To have Provis for an upper lodger is quite a godsend to Mrs.
If the poor man who has but one livre in his pocket, found a livre and twelve deniers, that would be justice, that would be excellent; but never does such a godsend fall to the lot of the poor man.
Very good thing, insomnia, for a cavalry officer perpetually on outpost duty, a real godsend, so to speak; but on leave a truly devilish condition to be in.
And I won't say I haven't used the old drain once or twice after the fashion of my rude forefathers; but never was it such a godsend as it's been this time.
Under these circumstances the arrival of the prince came almost as a godsend.
No matter how preposterous or insane, a purpose is a Godsend to them.