transitive verb (blessed; also blest; blessing) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English blētsian, from blōd blood; from the use of blood in consecration Date: before 12th century 1. to hallow or consecrate by religious rite or word 2. to hallow with the sign of the cross 3. to invoke divine care for <
bless your heart
— used in the phrase bless you to wish good health especially to one who has just sneezed 4. a. praise, glorify <
bless his holy name
b. to speak well of ; approve 5. to confer prosperity or happiness upon 6. archaic protect, preserve 7. endow, favor <
blessed with athletic ability

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Bless — Bless, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Blessed}or {Blest}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Blessing}.] [OE. blessien, bletsen, AS. bletsian, bledsian, bloedsian, fr. bl?d blood; prob. originally to consecrate by sprinkling with blood. See {Blood}.] 1. To make or pronounce …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bless — [ bles ] (past tense and past participle blessed or blest [ blest ] ) verb transitive * 1. ) to say a prayer asking God to help and protect someone or something: a ceremony to bless the harvest a ) if God blesses someone or something, he helps… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • bless — S3 [bles] v [T] [: Old English; Origin: bletsian, from blod blood ; because blood was used in religious ceremonies] 1.) bless you! spoken a) what you say when someone ↑sneezes b) used to thank someone for doing something for you 2.) …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • bless — bless·ed; bless·ed·ly; bless·ed·ness; bless·ing·ly; bless; un·bless·ed·ness; …   English syllables

  • bless — [bles] vt. blessed or blest, blessing [ME blessen, bletsien < OE bletsian, bledsian < blod,BLOOD: rite of consecration by sprinkling an altar with blood] 1. to make or declare holy by a spoken formula or a sign; hallow; consecrate 2. to ask …   English World dictionary

  • Bless — ist der Familienname folgender Personen Astrid Bless (1944–2009), deutsche Synchronsprecherin und Schauspielerin Roland Bless (* 1961), deutscher Musiker Siehe auch: Bläss Diese Seite ist ein …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • bless — ► VERB 1) call on God to protect or treat favourably. 2) consecrate by a religious rite. 3) praise (God). 4) (be blessed with) be endowed with or granted (something greatly desired). ● bless you! Cf. ↑bless you! …   English terms dictionary

  • bless — [v1] sanctify absolve, anoint, baptize, beatify, canonize, commend, confirm, consecrate, cross, dedicate, enshrine, eulogize, exalt, extol, give thanks to, glorify, hallow, honor, invoke benefits, invoke happiness, laud, magnify, make holy, offer …   New thesaurus

  • bless — (v.) O.E. bletsian, bledsian, Northumbrian bloedsian to consecrate, make holy, give thanks, from P.Gmc. *blodison hallow with blood, mark with blood, from *blotham blood (see BLOOD (Cf. blood)). Originally a blood sprinkling on pagan altars. This …   Etymology dictionary

  • bless — I UK [bles] / US verb [transitive] Word forms bless : present tense I/you/we/they bless he/she/it blesses present participle blessing past tense blessed or blest UK [blest] / US past participle blessed or blest * 1) a) to say a prayer asking God… …   English dictionary

  • bless — [[t]ble̱s[/t]] blesses, blessing, blessed 1) VERB When someone such as a priest blesses people or things, he asks for God s favour and protection for them. [V n] ...asking for all present to bless this couple and their loving commitment to one… …   English dictionary

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