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

Keep scrolling for more

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.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web

Over the past few months, Netflix has truly blessed us with a number of adorable — and also kind of weird — new videos. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Netflix Released an Extended Version of a "To All the Boys I've Loved Before" Scene Featuring Noah Centineo," 27 Dec. 2018 Mary Jane and Walter were blessed with a wide circle of friends and family. courant.com, "Mary Jane Fletcher," 13 July 2018 Sophie is blessed with Ben’s sports enthusiasm and quick wit. OrlandoSentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 7/7," 7 July 2018 Sure, Alyssa Bonagura and Ruby Stewart are blessed with great pipes, stage presence and connections, but the two women’s blended voices were strong and captivating. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Best and worst of Summerfest Day 6: Steven Tyler, Foster the People, Trace Adkins and more," 3 July 2018 Alli Webb, the founder of Drybar was not blessed with a head of perfect hair. Jane Larkworthy, The Cut, "Alli Webb Has Opened Over a Hundred Drybars," 26 June 2018 Harford County is blessed with many wonderful, professional law enforcement officers. The Aegis, "Two of Harford's finest [Editorial]," 20 June 2018 While Drake has emerged as the most famous cast member to date, Degrassi was blessed with a stellar rotating ensemble that propelled the show to 14 seasons. Seventeen, "The 20 Greatest TV Teen Dramas of All Time," 4 Dec. 2018 Paul’s family and friends were blessed to experience his wit, warmth, his generosity and deep concern. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dead at 65," 15 Oct. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'bless.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about bless

Statistics for bless

Last Updated

4 Jan 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for bless

The first known use of bless was before the 12th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for bless

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.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on bless

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with bless

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for bless

Spanish Central: Translation of bless

Nglish: Translation of bless for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of bless for Arabic Speakers

Comments on bless

What made you want to look up bless? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

marked by shyness and lack of polish

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three-bears-two-of-them-look-like-theyre-whispering-to-a-third-bear-who-looks-chuffed-to-be-the-center-of-attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!