meaning of bless

bless meaning in General Dictionary

to create or pronounce holy to consecrate

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  • confer prosperity or happiness on
  • render holy by way of spiritual rites
  • make the sign of the cross-over some one in order to turn to God for defense; consecrate
  • give a benediction to
  • to create or pronounce holy; to consecrate
  • To make happy, blithesome, or joyous; to confer success or pleasure upon; to give divine opt to.
  • expressing a wish or prayer the delight of; to invoke a blessing upon; -- put on individuals.
  • To invoke or confer useful characteristics or attributes upon; to invoke or confer a blessing on, -- as on meals.
  • to help make the indication of the mix upon; to mix (one's self).
  • To guard; to keep; to guard.
  • To praise, or glorify; to extol for excellences.
  • To esteem or account pleased; to felicitate.
  • To wave; to brandish.

bless meaning in Etymology Dictionary

Old English bletsian, bledsian, Northumbrian bloedsian "to consecrate, make holy, provide thanks a lot," from Proto-Germanic *blodison "hallow with blood, mark with bloodstream," from *blotham "blood" (see bloodstream (n.)). Initially a blood sprinkling on pagan altars. This word had been chosen in Old English bibles to translate Latin benedicere and Greek eulogein, each of which have a floor sense of "to talk well of, to praise," but were utilized in Scripture to translate Hebrew brk "to fold (the knee), worship, praise, invoke blessings." Definition shifted in late Old English toward "pronounce or make happy," by resemblance to not related bliss. No cognates various other languages. Related: Blessed; true blessing.


bless meaning in General Dictionary

(v. t.) To help make or pronounce holy; to consecrate

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  • (v. t.) To produce happy, blithesome, or joyous; to confer success or joy upon; to give divine favor to.
  • (v. t.) To convey a wish or prayer for glee of; to invoke a blessing upon; -- applied to people.
  • (v. t.) To invoke or confer useful attributes or attributes upon; to invoke or confer a blessing on, -- as on meals.
  • (v. t.) To help make the sign of the mix upon; to get across (one's self).
  • (v. t.) To guard; to keep; to safeguard.
  • (v. t.) To praise, or glorify; to extol for excellences.
  • (v. t.) To esteem or account happy; to felicitate.
  • (v. t.) To wave; to brandish.

Sentence Examples with the word bless

God bless FDR and the Democrats.

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