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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HandoutGetty Images Over the weekend we've been blessed with a rare, intimate look inside the world of the royals. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Watch the Cambridge Children Play Together in Kate's Garden," 20 May 2019 Glee officially ended in 2015, and since we’ve been blessed with reunions and tours. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "Lea Michele, Darren Criss, Chris Colfer, and More Celebrate "Glee" 10-Year Anniversary," 20 May 2019 To feel blessed minus the hashtag is a blessed feeling indeed. Juno Demelo, SELF, "I Vacationed in One of the Most Beautiful Places on Earth and Didn't 'Gram a Single Thing," 21 May 2019 Today, Netflix blessed us with an intense, nearly three-minute-long sneak peek of the hit sci-fi series, teasing Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) and her crew, gigantic demogorgons, and some adorable teenage hijinks. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Stranger Things Season 3 Trailer Is Finally Here and I Am Not Okay," 20 Mar. 2019 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

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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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