\ ˈbles How to pronounce bless (audio) \
blessed\ ˈblest How to pronounce bless (audio) \ also blest\ ˈblest How to pronounce bless (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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web And if Roe is indeed overturned, God bless our country that can make such a terrible, coldhearted mistake and yet, half a century later, redress it, right it, turn it around. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, 5 May 2022 God bless each of you as spring renews our faithful sentiments! Brenda Yenke, cleveland, 14 Apr. 2022 But Wall Streeters, bless ’em, back in the 1970s invented a simple way to become a landlord. Larry Light, Fortune, 14 Apr. 2022 One of the young daughters asks God to bless the missionaries and President Spencer W. Kimball. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 Apr. 2022 But the judges appeared to bless the idea of separating them, pointing out that New York has a history of holding bifurcated primaries. Nicholas Fandos, New York Times, 27 Apr. 2022 Kavchak and other priests have been partaking in a Ukrainian tradition to bless a basket full of eggs, bread and meat. Time, 23 Apr. 2022 My prayer is that God continues to bless you in unimaginable ways. Karla Pope, Good Housekeeping, 19 Apr. 2022 Nick Krall, bless him, should not be the point man for this discussion. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 22 Mar. 2022 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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\ 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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