\ 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

On the other, Kukoo is fetishized by the show, with Sacred Games declining to bless her with either long life or longstanding significance. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Sacred Games Reinvents the Police Procedural," 12 July 2018 The designer Mandy's been working with, Sarah Sherman Samuel, has blessed us all by sharing photos of the recently finished laundry room. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "These Before And After Photos Of Mandy Moore's Laundry Room Will Blow Your Mind," 6 June 2018 Day Two: Beaches, Beaches, and More Beaches St. Barts is blessed with 14 superb beaches—each with its own distinct character. David Jefferys, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Perfect (Long) Weekend in St. Barts," 16 Apr. 2018 Flagstaff: Kachina Trail This high-country ramble delivers a big-mountain experience with no real climbing, bless its woodsy heart. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "10 best hikes in Arizona show off state's diverse scenery," 13 July 2018 Ariana Grande is back at it again, blessing her fans with new music. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "Watch: Ariana Grande declares 'God is a Woman' in new song and Twitter is worshipping it," 13 July 2018 But that was not the case for the following individuals who were twice blessed to be recognized for their work multiple categories. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Twice as Nice: Emmy Nominees Recognized for Multiple Shows," 12 July 2018 Lentz always started early — bless those thirsty Giants fans — and worked the crowds hard, sprinting down the aisles. Scott Ostler,, "Going back decades, ballpark vendors share tales from the aisles," 4 July 2018 Both shows will feature the night’s big draw — the fireworks show from the National Park Service, which has blessed both rival city concerts. Mark Kennedy, The Seattle Times, "Beach Boys versus Sara Evans at July 4th rival TV concerts," 3 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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Phrases Related to bless

bless my soul

bless you

mixed blessing

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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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