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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 Sure, some dermatologists might be blessed with naturally cooperative complexions, but countless others struggle with common skin woes, like acne and eczema, just like the rest of us. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Eight Top Dermatologists Reveal Their Skin-Care Routines," 1 Dec. 2019 Then the Lord blessed Maria with a great grandson, Jack Madden, as well as a great granddaughter Macayla Madden., "Maria Lourdes Madden," 23 Nov. 2019 The estate's healing pool is blessed daily by a pair of local Hindu priests. Antonia Quirke, Condé Nast Traveler, "At Bali's COMO Shambhala, Skip the Wellness Fads in Favor of a True Reboot," 16 Nov. 2019 Get our daily newsletter Mr Bevin’s Democratic challenger, Andy Beshear, seemed blessed, by contrast. I.k. | Lexington, The Economist, "The election for Kentucky’s governor will be a referendum on Donald Trump," 1 Nov. 2019 Along with the hair reveal, Ashley also blessed us with an underwear pic that is, quite frankly, straight fire. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Ashley Benson Posts Gorgeous Underwear Selfie, Showing Off Her New Extensions," 11 Oct. 2019 Thank you and God bless, from a very grateful mother. Sainted & Tainted Writers, Twin Cities, "Sainted & Tainted: Thank you from a very grateful mother," 28 Sep. 2019 This particular era of MLB has blessed its fans with the greatest and deepest collection of talent in history. Jon Tayler,, "Baseball Should Be Fun. Let's Hope It Stays That Way," 24 Sep. 2019 San Francisco kept trying to give the game away, but Rudolph, bless his heart, kept giving it right back. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, "Kurtenbach: The Niners’ imperfectly perfect start shows they have a quality they’ve been missing," 22 Sep. 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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The first known use of bless was before the 12th century

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6 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Bless.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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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