Bless definition

blĕs
To honor as holy; glorify.

Bless the Lord.

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To make holy by religious rite; sanctify.

The clergy blessed the site for the new monastery.

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To endow, as with talent.

He was blessed with a photographic memory.

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To make or declare holy by a spoken formula or a sign; hallow; consecrate.
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To make the sign of the cross over.

She knelt and blessed herself.

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To favor or endow (with)

To be blessed with eloquence.

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To confer well-being or prosperity on.

They were blessed with a baby girl.

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To make happy or prosperous; gladden.

He blessed us with his leadership.

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To think (oneself) happy; congratulate (oneself)
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To make the sign of the cross over or upon.
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To keep or protect from harm, evil, etc.
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To make something blessed; to confer blessing upon.
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To ask divine favor for.

The minister blessed the congregation.

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To praise or glorify.

To bless the Lord.

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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.

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To make the sign of the cross upon; to cross (oneself).

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To esteem or account happy; to felicitate.
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(Perl programming) (past tense only blessed) To turn (a reference) into an object.
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(UK, informal) Used as an expression of endearment, or (ironically) belittlement.
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Fairfax.

Round his armed head his trenchant blade he blest.

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To invoke divine favor upon.

The bishop blessed the fishing fleet.

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bless you
  • Used to wish good health to a person who has just sneezed.
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bless me!
  • an exclamation of surprise, pleasure, dismay, etc.
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God bless!
  • may God bestow blessings on you
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of bless

  • 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

  • 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

  • An ellipsis for an expression such as bless your heart

    From Wiktionary