verb (used with object), blessed or blest, bless·ing.
- blessed event,
- blessed sacrament,
- blessed trinity,
- blessed virgin
Origin of bless
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|Melissa Leon|November 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Clive Irving|August 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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)|Kevin Fallon|February 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Well, Tom, I can give you some just for form's sake; but bless you, you won't able to eat it.It Is Never Too Late to Mend|Charles Reade
And your babies are the most irresistible angels that ever came to bless and—enliven—a sordid world.Eve to the Rescue|Ethel Hueston
For such as bless him shall inherit the land: but such as curse him shall perish.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
We bless God with all our hearts for the constituted authorities of the country.Notes on the Book of Deuteronomy, Volume II|Charles Henry Mackintosh
Why, bless you, I know it all--even to the provisions of the will.Jason|Justus Miles Forman
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.