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bless

verb \ˈbles\

: to make (something or someone) holy by saying a special prayer

: to ask God to care for and protect (someone or something)

: to provide (a person, place, etc.) with something good or desirable

blessed \ˈblest\ also blest \ˈblest\ bless·ing

Full Definition of BLESS

transitive verb
1
:  to hallow or consecrate by religious rite or word
2
:  to hallow with the sign of the cross
3
:  to invoke divine care for <bless your heart> —used in the phrase bless you to wish good health especially to one who has just sneezed
4
a :  praise, glorify <bless his holy name>
b :  to speak well of :  approve
5
:  to confer prosperity or happiness upon
6
archaic :  protect, preserve
7
:  endow, favor <blessed with athletic ability>

Examples of BLESS

  1. The priest blessed their marriage at the wedding.
  2. The water for the baptism has been blessed.
  3. The priest blessed the baby I held in my arms.

Origin of BLESS

Middle English, from Old English blētsian, from blōd blood; from the use of blood in consecration
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Christian Religious Terms

Pentateuch, blasphemy, curate, doxology, eremite, iconoclasm, liturgy, orison, pneuma, reliquary

Rhymes with BLESS

BLEST Defined for Kids

bless

verb \ˈbles\
blessed \ˈblest\ also blestbless·ing

Definition of BLESS for Kids

1
:  to make holy by a religious ceremony or words <bless an altar>
2
:  to ask the favor or protection of God for <Bless the children of the world.> Hint:The phrase bless you is used to wish good health especially to someone who has just sneezed.
3
:  to praise or honor as holy <bless the Lord>
4
:  to give happiness or good fortune to <He is blessed with good health.>

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