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blessed\ ˈblest How to pronounce bless (audio) \ also blest\ ˈblest How to pronounce bless (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 For the very most part, Chappelle describes trans people as inconvenient, thin-skinned jerks who are probably just confused, bless their dumb hearts. Caroline Framke, Variety, 14 Oct. 2021 In addition to giving the world looks and babies, Cardi B somehow finds time to bless us with music too. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 29 Sep. 2021 Though the Vatican said earlier this year that the Catholic Church cannot bless those unions, Shoemaker said the fact that the Church is even talking about it is evidence of changing attitudes., 26 Sep. 2021 The church, nestled in the heart of Independence’s business community, visited 70 offices, restaurants, schools, banks and medical facilities in the area to bless them. Carol Kovach, cleveland, 14 Sep. 2021 Nas X took a break from the glamour shots to bless us with another kind of serve tonight at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards. Jihan Forbe, Allure, 12 Sep. 2021 My concern is that the writing on the wall is that the House is looking to just bless the Senate infrastructure bill and send it to the President for signature – thus putting in place ending the ERC after three quarters. Dean Zerbe, Forbes, 2 Sep. 2021 On the mystical side, Iroquois tribes believed the lakes were formed by the Great Spirit, reaching down to bless the land and leaving impressions of fingerprints that were filled with clear, fresh water. Kelsy Chauvin, Condé Nast Traveler, 30 Aug. 2021 While the ensemble boasts stars like Sandra Bullock, the studio chose to bless the exhibitors with a clip of Pitt and global hip-hop star Bad Bunny. Matt Donnelly, Variety, 23 Aug. 2021

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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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23 Oct 2021

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“Bless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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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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