\ˈbles \
blessed\ ˈblest \ also blest\ ˈblest \; blessing

Definition of bless 

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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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Synonyms & Antonyms for bless

Synonyms: Verb

consecrate, hallow, sanctify

Antonyms: Verb

deconsecrate, desanctify

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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: Verb

Chris Van Gorder, Scripps Health YES: California is blessed with a lot of sunshine. Phillip Molnar,, "Is California's solar mandate a good move?," 25 May 2018 Guillermo was blessed by great friends that became like family such as the Zamoras and Sotos from Nicaragua and the Saenz and Bascopes from Bolivia., "Guillermo Armando Garcia-Su," 20 May 2018 Direct communication and coordination is banned, but candidates from both parties are always finding new and creative ways to keep close, some of them blessed by the FEC. Gregory Krieg, CNN, "Legal? Yes. Ethical? Meh. Our flimsy campaign finance and lobbying laws," 14 May 2018 The Vatican has auctioned off a custom Lamborghini Huracan that was donated to it by the Italian automaker, and signed and blessed by Pope Francis, for $950,000. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Pope Francis-blessed Lamborghini auctioned for $950,000," 14 May 2018 Also, uncomfortable shoes are terrible, so bless Kristen for having no shame in going barefoot—and in the rain no less. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Kristen Stewart, Icon, Took Off Her Heels, Walked the Cannes Red Carpet Barefoot," 14 May 2018 It was blessed by a Hindu priest before it was hung when Tripathi moved into the Murano in 2009. Mensah M. Dean,, "Lawsuit: Religious symbol unwelcome at luxury Philly condo," 3 May 2018 The union has since been blessed by eight regulators worldwide, but one hurdle remains: China. The Economist, "Antitrust with Chinese characteristics," 26 Apr. 2018 As for its regular feathered inhabitants, the Coastside is blessed with migratory shorebirds, an abundance of gulls, breeding warblers, wintering sparrows, and a richness of raptors. Jill K. Robinson,, "5 places to spot birds in Half Moon Bay," 12 July 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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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 \
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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something that serves to warn or remind

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