Bless Definition

blessed, blesses, blessing, blest
blessed, blesses, blessing, blest
To make or declare holy by a spoken formula or a sign; hallow; consecrate.
Webster's New World
To ask divine favor for.
The minister blessed the congregation.
Webster's New World
To make happy or prosperous; gladden.
He blessed us with his leadership.
Webster's New World
To favor or endow (with)
To be blessed with eloquence.
Webster's New World
To praise or glorify.
To bless the Lord.
Webster's New World
(UK, informal) Used as an expression of endearment, or (ironically) belittlement.
bless you
  • Used to wish good health to a person who has just sneezed.
American Heritage
bless me!
  • an exclamation of surprise, pleasure, dismay, etc.
Webster's New World
God bless!
  • may God bestow blessings on you
Webster's New World

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Bless

Origin of Bless

  • From Middle English blessen, from Old English blētsian, blēdsian (“to consecrate (with blood)”), from Proto-Germanic *blōþisōną (“to sprinkle, mark or hallow with blood”), from *blōþą (“blood”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhlo-to- (“to gush, spurt”), from *bhol-, *bhlē-dh-, *bhlō(w)- (“to thrive, flourish, bloom”). Cognate with Old Norse bletza (“to bless”) (whence Icelandic blessa), Old English blēdan (“to bleed”). More at bleed.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English blessen from Old English blētsian to consecrate bhel-3 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • An ellipsis for an expression such as bless your heart

    From Wiktionary


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