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

More importantly, students and staff at Iona High School will be blessed by his compassionate heart. Gary Curreri, sun-sentinel.com, "Teen’s annual golf event helps Food For The Poor drive," 1 July 2019 After an unseasonably cold start to what’s supposed to be the warmest time of the year, Summerfest was blessed with wonderful weather for it’s opening day Wednesday. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Thomas Rhett rings in Summerfest with bright set at American Family Insurance Amphitheater," 27 June 2019 Thank you to everyone who has blessed me and helped along! James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive.com, "Oregon softball adds New Mexico State pitcher Samaria Diaz," 26 June 2019 Thousands and thousands of strangers blessing each other and sending each other love. Lillian Brown, BostonGlobe.com, "Rachel Platten opens up about postpartum anxiety," 19 June 2019 The parallel with Tolstoy, which both blessed and plagued Grossman, dates to the early 1940s. The Economist, "Vasily Grossman, the greatest bard of the second world war," 7 June 2019 And the stamina of elite midfielders Modric and Ivan Rakitic, who never leave the field and seem blessed with supernatural energy. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "World Cup: France proves masterful in all phases," 10 July 2018 Seahawks Hall-of-Famer Walter Jones introduced the Coast Salish People’s dance to bless and celebrate the Games. Evan Webeck, The Seattle Times, "A little rain gives Special Olympics USA Games’ opening ceremony a Pacific Northwest feel," 1 July 2018 The couple’s parents and grandparents blessed them, and they were showered with rice and flowers. Philly.com, "Philadelphia weddings: Samy Jana and Chris Nieves," 8 June 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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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 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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