Definition of bless verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    bless

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    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 1bless somebody/something to ask God to protect somebody/something They brought the children to Jesus and he blessed them. God bless you!
  2. 2bless something to make something holy by saying a prayer over it The priest blessed the bread and wine.
  3. 3bless somebody/something (formal) to call God holy; to praise God We bless your holy name, O Lord.
  4. 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)
  5. 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 ‘to praise, worship’, and later by association with bliss.Idioms
    be blessed with something/somebody
     
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    to have something good such as ability, great happiness, etc. She's blessed with excellent health. We're blessed with five lovely grandchildren.
    said to somebody after they have sneezed
    ˈbless you, her, him, etc.
     
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    (informal) used to show that you are pleased with somebody, especially because of something they have done Sarah, bless her, had made a cup of tea.
    used when you are leaving somebody, to say that you hope they will be safe, etc. Goodnight, God bless.

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