bless

verb
\ ˈbles How to pronounce bless (audio) \
blessed\ ˈblest How to pronounce blessed (audio) \ also blest\ ˈblest How to pronounce blest (audio) \; 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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Recent Examples on the Web

To make your deep conditioner go the extra mile, celebrity hairstylist Felicia Leatherwood, who has blessed the strands of Issa Rae and Skai Jackson, suggests steam treatments. Lara Adekola, Teen Vogue, "How to Grow Your Natural Hair," 2 Jan. 2019 Chris Green blessed yet another client with his coloring mastery, this time adding a ton of cozy-looking warm brown and golden highlights throughout her hair to create an all-over, naturally sun-kissed look. Kelsi Zimmerman, Allure, "21 Bronde Hair Ideas That Look Amazing on Everyone," 7 Oct. 2018 According to History, the holiday’s next adaptation was Candlemas, a Christian tradition where the clergy would take their candles to the church to be blessed. Megan Stein, Country Living, "The Complete History of Groundhog Day," 18 Jan. 2019 Thanks for letting us in every Saturday am for @todayshow Craig's stellar broadcasting career aside, the Today star also happens to be blessed with a beautiful family. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Meet 'Today' Anchor Craig Melvin and His Beautiful Wife and Kids," 7 Sep. 2018 My god comfort his family and friends, and may god continue to bless the United States of America. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Vice President Mike Pence Pays Tribute to John McCain in Speech at His Memorial Service," 31 Aug. 2018 The Tallahassee native teased the remix on his Instagram live Friday morning (July 6) and ultimately decided to bless fans and release the salacious track just a few hours later. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "T-Pain Puts His Own Spin on Ella Mai's 'Boo'd Up' for Signature 'T-Mix'," 6 July 2018 After making the ask, Copeland prayed on camera for God to bless contributors. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Washington Post, "A televangelist wants his followers to pay for a $54 million private jet. It’s his fourth plane.," 29 May 2018 It's believed to help cleanse auras and crystals, and is often used to bless objects for protection and luck. refinery29.com, "What You Need To Know About The Spiritual Tool Solange Brought To The Met Gala," 8 May 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 How to pronounce bless (audio) \
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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