bless

verb
\ ˈbles \
blessed\ ˈblest \ also blest\ ˈblest \; blessing

Definition of bless

transitive verb

1 religion : to hallow or consecrate by religious rite or word asked the priest to bless their marriage Bless this home.
2 religion : to hallow with the sign of the cross He blessed himself before liftoff.
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
4a : praise, glorify bless his holy name
b : to speak well of : approve
5 : to confer prosperity or happiness upon God has blessed us with four children.
6 archaic : protect, preserve Bless me from marrying a usurer!— Shakespeare
7 : endow, favor blessed with athletic ability

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Examples of bless in a Sentence

The priest blessed their marriage at the wedding. The water for the baptism has been blessed. The priest blessed the baby I held in my arms.
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The trajectory of her life and career are of course still uncertain, but Midge, bless her, seems unlikely to betray us. Marjorie Ingall, Town & Country, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," 4 Dec. 2018 Kids, drunk and rowdy, line their stomachs with the cheap and tasty: basmati rice, dal, saag (which, bless them, tastes like it was made with just as much garlic as spinach). Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Loud, Crowded, Grease-Stained, and Gloriously Drunk: Where the World Eats After Hours," 8 Oct. 2018 Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Black-ish’s Tracee Ellis Ross is one of the few TV stars consistently willing to go avant-garde on the red carpet, and bless her for it. Constance Grady, Vox, "The Emmys fashion worth talking about, from Tiffany Haddish to the Fab Five," 18 Sep. 2018 God has blessed me with a phenomenal wife and partner, who, second only to God, is my top motivating factor for living a healthier lifestyle. Michelle C. Brooks, ajc, "Rowland Zellars II, 34, of Stockbridge lost 92 pounds," 10 July 2018 Truly, your confidence in me has blessed me personally and enabled me to advance your agenda beyond what anyone anticipated at the beginning of your Administration. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Read EPA head Scott Pruitt’s resignation letter," 5 July 2018 Truly, your confidence in me has blessed me personally and enabled me to advance your agenda beyond what anyone anticipated at the beginning of your Administration. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "The full text of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's resignation letter to President Trump," 5 July 2018 And the survivors, God bless them, put out a paper the next day. Dave Barry, miamiherald, "Dave Barry: Sorry, I'm not feeling funny today — my heart aches for slain journalists," 29 June 2018 There’s nothing quite like a Lindsay Lohan interview, and on this beautiful summer day the New York Times has blessed us with a new look into the actress turned entrepreneur’s life. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "9 Things We Learned About Lindsay Lohan’s Life in Dubai," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of bless

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bless

Middle English, from Old English blētsian, from blōd blood; from the use of blood in consecration

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bless

verb

English Language Learners Definition of bless

: 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

bless

verb
\ ˈbles \
blessed\ ˈblest \ also blest; blessing

Kids Definition of bless

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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