- The definition of bless means to protect, make holy, to favor or to make lucky or happy.
- An example of to bless is a seat belt saving the life of a person in a horrible accident, to bless with safety.
- An example of to bless is a minister asking God to heal a sick person, bless this sick person.
- An example of to bless is gifting items to a family in need, to bless with gifts.
Statue of a pope holding out his hand as if to bless.
bless definition by Webster's New World
- to make or declare holy by a spoken formula or a sign; hallow; consecrate
- to ask divine favor for: the minister blessed the congregation
- to favor or endow (with): to be blessed with eloquence
- to make happy or prosperous; gladden: he blessed us with his leadership
- to think (oneself) happy; congratulate (oneself)
- to praise or glorify: to bless the Lord
- to make the sign of the cross over or upon
- to keep or protect from harm, evil, etc.: obsolete, except in prayers, exclamations, etc.
Origin: Middle English blessen, bletsien ; from Old English bletsian, bledsian ; from blod, blood: rite of consecration by sprinkling an altar with blood
bless definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb blessed blessed or blest , bless·ing, bless·es
- To make holy by religious rite; sanctify.
- To make the sign of the cross over so as to sanctify.
- To invoke divine favor upon.
- To honor as holy; glorify: Bless the Lord.
- To confer well-being or prosperity on.
- To endow, as with talent.
Origin: Middle English blessen, from Old English blētsian, to consecrate; see bhel-3 in Indo-European roots.
- blessˈer noun
bless - Phrases/Idioms