bless

verb
\ ˈbles \
blessed\ ˈblest \ also blest\ ˈblest \; 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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This week's very special episode of Riverdale blesses us with an alternate reality in which Archie and the gang are minor characters, while Josie, Cheryl, Reggie, and Kevin are the Core Four. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Can Riverdale Please Be "Bizarrodale" Every Week?," 7 Feb. 2019 It's been 19 years since Disney #blessed us with the masterpiece that is Smart House. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "How Does Disney's Smart House Compare To Today's Smart Home Technology?," 7 Aug. 2018 Despite the fact that the NAACP had a funeral for the n-word more than a decade ago, apparently, the n-word rose from the dead and kept blessing us. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Why It’s OK for Black People, but Not White People, to Use the N-Word, Explained (Again)," 23 May 2018 Once again, the internet multiverse has blessed us with another insanity-inducing audio illusion. Andrew Clark, Indianapolis Star, "Oh, no. There's a new yanny vs. laurel. Listen here.," 17 May 2018 Keep your fingers crossed and Anti blasting from your speakers; you could be blessed by Riri for the holidays. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "Rihanna Is Signing 20 Fenty Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Palettes," 15 Dec. 2018 Problem is, the 2017/18 season in Utah has not been blessed by the snow gods. Candice Rainey, Condé Nast Traveler, "What It's Like to Ski With an Olympian," 4 Dec. 2018 Palm is selling the first phone that has been blessed by Verizon to share the same phone number as your main phone. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "Phone numbers should be more portable, and Palm is the proof," 2 Nov. 2018 Among the activities blessed by the Librarian: unlocking cell phones to move from one network to another, repairing cars and tractors, performing security research, and pulling data from medical devices. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Why a random federal agency gets to decide which devices we tinker with," 26 Oct. 2018

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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 \
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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