bless

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verb \ˈbles\

Definition of bless

blessed

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blessing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 religion :  to hallow or consecrate by religious rite or word <asked the priest to bless their marriage> <Bless this home.>

  3. 2 religion :  to hallow with the sign of the cross <He blessed himself before liftoff.>

  4. 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

  5. 4a :  praise, glorify <bless his holy name>b :  to speak well of :  approve

  6. 5 :  to confer prosperity or happiness upon <God has blessed us with four children.>

  7. 6 archaic :  protect, preserve <Bless me from marrying a usurer! — Shakespeare>

  8. 7 :  endow, favor <blessed with athletic ability>

Examples of bless in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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



BLESS Defined for English Language Learners

bless

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verb \ˈbles\

Definition of bless for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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Definition of bless for Students

blessed

\ˈblest\ also

blest

blessing

  1. 1 :  to make holy by a religious ceremony or words <bless an altar>

  2. 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. 3 :  to praise or honor as holy <bless the Lord>

  4. 4 :  to give happiness or good fortune to <He is blessed with good health.>



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