- 1bless somebody/something to ask God to protect somebody/something They brought the children to Jesus and he blessed them. God bless you!
- 2bless something to make something holy by saying a prayer over it The priest blessed the bread and wine.
- 3bless somebody/something (formal) to call God holy; to praise God We bless your holy name, O Lord.
- 4bless somebody/something (old-fashioned, informal) used to express surprise Bless my soul! Here comes Bill! ‘Where's Joe?’ ‘I'm blessed if I know!’ (= I don't know) Word Origin Old English blēdsian, blētsian, based on blōd ‘blood’ (i.e. originally perhaps ‘mark or consecrate with blood’). The meaning was influenced by its being used to translate Latin benedicere
BrE BrE//bles//; NAmE NAmE//bles//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bless
BrE BrE//bles//; NAmE NAmE//bles//he / she / it blesses
BrE BrE//ˈblesɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈblesɪz//past simple blessed
BrE BrE//blest//; NAmE NAmE//blest//past participle blessed
BrE BrE//blest//; NAmE NAmE//blest//-ing form blessing
BrE BrE//ˈblesɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈblesɪŋ//