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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

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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 God bless you, Adam Silver, for maintaining this hallowed and exceedingly relevant tradition. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Eric Walden: God bless the NBA for thwarting Mark Cuban’s socialist, un-American agenda," 13 Feb. 2021 We’re almost done with 2020 (bless you, chronology!), and the first month of 2021 is shaping up to be a good one, streaming-wise. Emma Specter, Vogue, "What’s New on Netflix in January," 16 Dec. 2020 Following the ceremony, the community members were provided bottles of holy water to bless the ground of the new chapel, which will hold around 350 people when full. Meagan Ellsworth, Chron, "Groundbreaking ceremony blesses 'Our Lady of the Angels' chapel," 6 Feb. 2021 May God bless America and may God protect our troops. Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY, "'Politics doesn't have to be a raging fire:' Read President Joe Biden's inaugural address," 20 Jan. 2021 May God bless America and may God protect our troops. Los Angeles Times, "Read Joe Biden’s 2021 inauguration speech transcript," 20 Jan. 2021 May God bless America and may God protect our troops. New York Times, "President Biden’s Full Inauguration Speech, Annotated," 20 Jan. 2021 May God bless America and may God protect our troops. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Read Biden's full inaugural speech," 20 Jan. 2021 Among those who announced their decision not to bless the efforts from their fellow Republicans are Senators Tim Scott of South Carolina, Jerry Moran of Kansas, Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma and John Boozman of Arkansas. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, "More GOP senators say they won't join effort to object to electoral votes," 5 Jan. 2021

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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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The first known use of bless was before the 12th century

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25 Feb 2021

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“Bless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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


\ 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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