bless

play
verb \ ˈbles \

Definition of bless

blessed play \ˈblest\ also blest play \ˈblest\; blessing
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
4 a :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

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of bless

Middle English, from Old English blētsian, from blōd blood; from the use of blood in consecration

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BLESS Defined for English Language Learners

bless

play
verb

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

bless

play
verb \ ˈbles \

Definition of bless for Students

blessed \ˈblest\ also blest; blessing
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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