bless

verb
\ ˈbles How to pronounce bless (audio) \
blessed\ ˈblest How to pronounce blessed (audio) \ also blest\ ˈblest How to pronounce blest (audio) \; 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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Recent Examples on the Web

There's more to looking radiant on a red carpet than being genetically blessed and drinking a lot of water. refinery29.com, "I Tried $292 Worth Of Body Bronzers — & Didn't Ruin All My Clothes," 29 May 2018 As this first look at The New Pope made its way around the Internet, Twitter users agreed that they had been duly blessed, and that the fake news that Jude Law had stopped being hot was finally put to rest. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Jude Law Blesses the Internet While Filming The New Pope," 9 Apr. 2019 Thank you, Rihanna, for blessing us with more Body Lava on the first day of spring. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Fenty Beauty Restocks Body Lava in New Limited-Edition Shades," 20 Mar. 2019 Thankfully, Kylie has since blessed our feeds with some Stormi pics! Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "10 Times the Kardashians Hilariously Clapped Back At Instagram Haters," 19 Mar. 2019 Helen Mirren, eternal style icon, has blessed her fans once again with a gorgeous red carpet look. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Helen Mirren Wore a Gorgeous Pink Dress and Stunning Jewels on the Oscars Red Carpet," 25 Feb. 2019 Of course, between now and April, fans will be #blessed with the upcoming CAOS holiday episode (featuring a young Sabrina), which is set to drop on Netflix on December 14. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Netflix Announces "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Part 2 Premiere Date," 1 Dec. 2018 Sixkiller, the great-grandson of a Cherokee Indian chief, was blessed with a gifted arm, and coach Jim Owens decided to use it, turning the Huskies from a running team to a passing team. Scott Hanson, The Seattle Times, "Husky icon Sonny Sixkiller elevated Seattle and UW with his passing arm," 19 Nov. 2018 To make your deep conditioner go the extra mile, celebrity hairstylist Felicia Leatherwood, who has blessed the strands of Issa Rae and Skai Jackson, suggests steam treatments. Lara Adekola, Teen Vogue, "How to Grow Your Natural Hair," 2 Jan. 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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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 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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