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

All these gifts and blessed souls and inner lights being extinguished lately is devastating. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "One year after his death, XXXTentacion left a triumphant, tragic, troubled legacy," 18 June 2019 His father is 6-foot-8 and his mother is 6 feet tall, thus Logan has been vertically blessed with a frame that may reach 7 feet, good for any Cajun cager. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "Logan Duncomb following footsteps of past Moeller basketball big men with Division I offers," 17 June 2019 Bloomberg reports that, to bless the deal, the department wants more concessions from the companies, such as spinning off enough divisions to create a new fourth carrier. Klint Finley, WIRED, "State Attorneys General Sue to Block T-Mobile/Sprint Merger," 11 June 2019 Guido Palau blessed followers with a hair test, this time on model Chloe Vero in avant-garde, sculpted braids. Vogue, "The Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Beyoncé, Jorja Smith, Rina Sawayama, and More," 9 June 2019 Both the Department of Energy and the Department of Defense needed to bless declassification of the numbers--according to the Federation of American Scientists, the DoE agreed to declassify but the DoD did not. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Pentagon Is Making the Number of U.S. Nukes a Secret Again," 18 Apr. 2019 Season 3 of the TLC design show will bless our small screens next month. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "12 Things Most People Don't Know About Jeremiah Brent," 13 Mar. 2019 Unlike the United States, which is blessed with two nonthreatening neighbors in Canada and Mexico, China has difficult relations with a number of strong, nationalistic neighbors, including India, Japan, South Korea, and Vietnam. Kishore Mahbubani, Harper's magazine, "What China Threat?," 10 Feb. 2019 HandoutGetty Images Over the weekend we've been blessed with a rare, intimate look inside the world of the royals. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Watch the Cambridge Children Play Together in Kate's Garden," 20 May 2019

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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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