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.
The Harp of God J. F. Rutherford
verb (transitive) blesses, blessing, blessed, blest
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 to: they were blessed with perfect peace
(usually passive) to endow with a talent, beauty, etc: she was blessed with an even temper
(rare) to protect against evil or harm
(interjection) bless!, an exclamation of well-wishing
(interjection) bless you!
a traditional phrase said to a person who has just sneezed
an exclamation of well-wishing or surprise
(interjection) bless me!, bless my soul!, God bless my soul!, an exclamation of surprise
not have a penny to bless oneself with, to be desperately poor
A misfortune that unexpectedly turns into good fortune, as in Missing the train was a blessing in disguise, for if I hadn’t, I wouldn’t have met my future wife. [ Mid-1700s ]
the act or words of a person who blesses. a special favor, mercy, or benefit: the blessings of liberty. a favor or gift bestowed by God, thereby bringing happiness. the invoking of God’s favor upon a person: The son was denied his father’s blessing. praise; devotion; worship, especially grace said before a meal: The children […]
a simple past tense and past participle of bless. blessed. 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 […]