verb (used with object), blessed or blest, bless·ing.
Origin of bless
Synonyms for bless
Related Words for blessanoint, consecrate, baptize, ordain, thank, endow, celebrate, sprinkle, glorify, magnify, offer, canonize, sacrifice, confirm, dedicate, laud, sign, commend, exalt, honor
Examples from the Web for bless
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of bless
"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.
verb blesses, blessing, blessed or blest (tr)
- a traditional phrase said to a person who has just sneezed
- an exclamation of well-wishing or surprise
Word Origin 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.