- to consecrate or sanctify by a religious rite; make or pronounce holy.
- to request of God the bestowal of divine favor on: Bless this house.
- to bestow good of any kind upon: a nation blessed with peace.
- to extol as holy; glorify: Bless the name of the Lord.
- to protect or guard from evil (usually used as an interjection): Bless you! Bless your innocent little heart!
- to condemn or curse: I'll be blessed if I can see your reasoning. Bless me if it isn't my old friend!
- to make the sign of the cross over or upon: The Pope blessed the multitude.
Origin of bless
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Examples from the Web for bless
Beth, bless her, later asks Joan what Gorman has done to her.The Walking Dead’s ‘Slabtown’: The Real Source of Terror Isn’t Walkers, It’s Rape
November 3, 2014
On the one hand it can bless you with exceptional land for growing grapes.Napa’s Earthquake Is Not The Only Thing Shaking The Vineyards
August 31, 2014
Bless us with freedom from mere tolerance replacing it with a genuine respect and warm embrace of our differences.
Bless us with humility open to understanding that our own needs must always be balanced with those of the world.
So bless HBO for heating things up a bit with the release of an epic 15-minute trailer for the fourth season of Game of Thrones.Watch HBO's Epic 'Game of Thrones' Season 4 Trailer (VIDEO)
February 10, 2014
"She sees something in it we don't see, bless her," said her mother.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
The Universal Father could surely not do otherwise than bless all alike.The Conquest of Fear
Bless you, we all knows how to fall equally as well's how to get up again!Weighed and Wanting
Just; He will bless those who keep His law, and punish those who break it.
God will bless them, not because they have earned a reward, but because He is merciful and gracious.
- to consecrate or render holy, beneficial, or prosperous by means of a religious rite
- to give honour or glory to (a person or thing) as divine or holy
- to call upon God to protect; give a benediction to
- to worship or adore (God); call or hold holy
- (often passive) to grant happiness, health, or prosperity tothey were blessed with perfect peace
- (usually passive) to endow with a talent, beauty, etcshe was blessed with an even temper
- rare to protect against evil or harm
- bless! (interjection) an exclamation of well-wishing
- bless you! (interjection)
- a traditional phrase said to a person who has just sneezed
- an exclamation of well-wishing or surprise
- bless me!, bless my soul! or God bless my soul! (interjection) an exclamation of surprise
- not have a penny to bless oneself with to be desperately poor
Word Origin and History for bless
Old English bletsian, bledsian, Northumbrian bloedsian "to consecrate, make holy, give thanks," from Proto-Germanic *blodison "hallow with blood, mark with blood," from *blotham "blood" (see blood).
Originally a blood sprinkling on pagan altars. This word was chosen in Old English bibles to translate Latin benedicere and Greek eulogein, both of which have a ground sense of "to speak well of, to praise," but were used in Scripture to translate Hebrew brk "to bend (the knee), worship, praise, invoke blessings." Meaning shifted in late Old English toward "pronounce or make happy," by resemblance to unrelated bliss. No cognates in other languages. Related: Blessed; blessing.