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bless

 (blĕs)
tr.v. blessed or blest (blĕst), bless·ing, bless·es
1. To make holy by religious rite; sanctify: The clergy blessed the site for the new monastery.
2. To invoke divine favor upon: The bishop blessed the fishing fleet.
3. To make the sign of the cross over: She knelt and blessed herself.
4. To honor as holy; glorify: Bless the Lord.
5. To confer well-being or prosperity on: They were blessed with a baby girl.
6. To endow, as with talent: He was blessed with a photographic memory.
Idiom:
bless you
Used to wish good health to a person who has just sneezed.

[Middle English blessen, from Old English blētsian, to consecrate; see bhel- in Indo-European roots.]

bless′er n.
Word History: The verb bless comes from Old English blœ̄dsian, blēdsian, blētsian, "to bless, wish happiness, consecrate." Although the Old English verb has no cognates in any other Germanic language, it can be shown to derive from the Germanic noun *blōdan, "blood." Blœ̄dsian therefore originally meant "to consecrate with blood, sprinkle with blood." In many cultures, the blood of a sacrificed animal is thought to hallow and bring blessings upon the people and places that it touches. In the Biblical book of Exodus, for example, God punishes the Egyptians by killing the first-born son in every family, but the Israelites are able to protect their own houses from divine wrath by sprinkling the blood of a sacrificed lamb on their lintels and doorposts. The Angles, Saxons, and Jutes, the early Germanic migrants to Britain, would have originally used the verb blœ̄dsian for the consecrations effected by their own pagan sacrifices. After they converted to Christianity, however, blœ̄dsian acquired new meanings when it was used to translate the verb benedīcere, "to bless" in the Latin Bible.

bless

(blɛs)
vb (tr) , blesses, blessing, blessed or blest
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) to consecrate or render holy, beneficial, or prosperous by means of a religious rite
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) to give honour or glory to (a person or thing) as divine or holy
3. to call upon God to protect; give a benediction to
4. (Ecclesiastical Terms) to worship or adore (God); call or hold holy
5. (often passive) to grant happiness, health, or prosperity to: they were blessed with perfect peace.
6. (usually passive) to endow with a talent, beauty, etc: she was blessed with an even temper.
7. rare to protect against evil or harm
8. bless! (interjection) an exclamation of well-wishing
9. bless you! (interjection)
a. a traditional phrase said to a person who has just sneezed
b. an exclamation of well-wishing or surprise
10. bless me! bless my soul! God bless my soul! (interjection) an exclamation of surprise
11. not have a penny to bless oneself with to be desperately poor
[Old English blǣdsian to sprinkle with sacrificial blood; related to blōd blood]

bless

(blɛs)

v.t. blessed blest, bless•ing.
1. to consecrate or sanctify by a religious rite; make or pronounce holy.
2. to request God's divine favor upon or for: Bless this house.
3. to bestow some benefit upon; endow: Nature blessed me with strong teeth.
4. to extol as holy; glorify: Bless the name of the Lord.
5. to protect or guard from evil (usu. used interjectionally): Bless you!
6. to make the sign of the cross over or upon.
[before 950; Middle English; Old English blētsian, blēdsian to consecrate]
bless′er, n.
bless′ing•ly, adv.

bless


Past participle: blessed
Gerund: blessing

Imperative
bless
bless
Present
I bless
you bless
he/she/it blesses
we bless
you bless
they bless
Preterite
I blessed
you blessed
he/she/it blessed
we blessed
you blessed
they blessed
Present Continuous
I am blessing
you are blessing
he/she/it is blessing
we are blessing
you are blessing
they are blessing
Present Perfect
I have blessed
you have blessed
he/she/it has blessed
we have blessed
you have blessed
they have blessed
Past Continuous
I was blessing
you were blessing
he/she/it was blessing
we were blessing
you were blessing
they were blessing
Past Perfect
I had blessed
you had blessed
he/she/it had blessed
we had blessed
you had blessed
they had blessed
Future
I will bless
you will bless
he/she/it will bless
we will bless
you will bless
they will bless
Future Perfect
I will have blessed
you will have blessed
he/she/it will have blessed
we will have blessed
you will have blessed
they will have blessed
Future Continuous
I will be blessing
you will be blessing
he/she/it will be blessing
we will be blessing
you will be blessing
they will be blessing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been blessing
you have been blessing
he/she/it has been blessing
we have been blessing
you have been blessing
they have been blessing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been blessing
you will have been blessing
he/she/it will have been blessing
we will have been blessing
you will have been blessing
they will have been blessing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been blessing
you had been blessing
he/she/it had been blessing
we had been blessing
you had been blessing
they had been blessing
Conditional
I would bless
you would bless
he/she/it would bless
we would bless
you would bless
they would bless
Past Conditional
I would have blessed
you would have blessed
he/she/it would have blessed
we would have blessed
you would have blessed
they would have blessed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.bless - give a benediction tobless - give a benediction to; "The dying man blessed his son"
anele, embrocate, inunct, oil, anoint - administer an oil or ointment to ; often in a religious ceremony of blessing
bring up, call down, conjure, conjure up, invoke, call forth, put forward, arouse, evoke, stir, raise - summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic; "raise the specter of unemployment"; "he conjured wild birds in the air"; "call down the spirits from the mountain"
anathemise, anathemize, bedamn, beshrew, damn, imprecate, maledict, curse - wish harm upon; invoke evil upon; "The bad witch cursed the child"
2.bless - confer prosperity or happiness onbless - confer prosperity or happiness on  
bestow, confer - present; "The university conferred a degree on its most famous former student, who never graduated"; "bestow an honor on someone"
3.bless - make the sign of the cross over someone in order to call on God for protectionbless - make the sign of the cross over someone in order to call on God for protection; consecrate
gesticulate, gesture, motion - show, express or direct through movement; "He gestured his desire to leave"
4.bless - render holy by means of religious ritesbless - render holy by means of religious rites
reconsecrate - consecrate anew, as after a desecration
declare - state emphatically and authoritatively; "He declared that he needed more money to carry out the task he was charged with"

bless

verb
1. sanctify, dedicate, ordain, exalt, anoint, consecrate, hallow, invoke happiness on Bless this couple and their loving commitment to one another.
sanctify damn, curse, excommunicate, execrate, imprecate, anathematize
2. endow, give to, provide for, grant for, favour, grace, bestow to If God has seen fit to bless you with this gift, you should use it.
endow trouble, destroy, burden, doom, plague, curse, torment, afflict, blight, scourge, vex
3. praise, thank, worship, glorify, magnify, exalt, extol, pay homage to, give thanks to Let us bless God for so uniting our hearts.

bless

verb
To make sacred by a religious rite:
Translations
باركيُبارِكيُبارِكُ
požehnatžehnat
velsignesigne
beni
siunata
blagosloviti
megáldáld
blessablessa, biîja blessunar
恵む祝福する
축복하다
laimėlaimintimalda prieš ir/arba po valgiopalaimapalaimingai
laimesvētībasvētīt
velsigneblessasignasigne
požehnaťžehnať
blagoslovitiobdarjen
välsigna
อวยพร
kutsamaktakdis etmek
cầu nguyện

bless

[bles] VT
1. [God, priest] → bendecir
God bless you!¡Dios te bendiga!
God bless the Pope!¡Dios guarde al Papa!
bless you!¡qué cielo eres!; (after sneezing) → ¡Jesús!
and Paul, bless him or bless his heart, had no idea thaty Paul, el pobre, no tenía ni idea de que ...
to bless o.ssantiguarse
2. (fig) they were never blessed with childrenDios jamás les dio la bendición de los hijos
she is blessed with every virtuela adornan mil virtudes
I bless the day I bought itbendigo el día que lo compré
well I'm blessed!; God bless my soul! (o.f.) → ¡vaya por Dios!
I'm blessed if I know (Brit) → no tengo ni idea

bless

[ˈblɛs] [blessed or blest] (pt, pp) vt
[priest] → bénir
bless you! (after sneeze)à tes souhaits!; (when thanking)merci mille fois!, tu es un ange!
to be blessed with [person] → être doué(e) de
She is blessed with immense talent → Elle est douée d'un immense talent.
to be blessed with a perfect climate [island, area] → jouir d'un climat parfait

bless

vt
(God, priest)segnen; God bless (you)behüt dich/euch Gott; God bless AmericaGott schütze Amerika; bless you, my sonGott segne dich, mein Sohn; did you buy that for me, bless you? (inf)hast du das für mich gekauft? das ist aber lieb von dir! (inf); bless you, darling, you’re an angel (inf)du bist wirklich lieb, du bist ein Engel (inf); bless your little cotton socks (inf)du bist ja ein Schatz (inf); bless you! (to sneezer) → Gesundheit!; bless me! (inf) bless my soul! (inf)du meine Güte! (inf); he’s lost it again, bless him (iro)prima, er hat es wieder mal verloren! (iro); I’ll be blessed or blest if I’m going to do that! (inf)das fällt mir ja nicht im Traum ein! (inf); well, I’ll be blessed! (inf)so was!
to bless somebody with somethingjdn mit etw segnen; to be blessed withgesegnet sein mit
(Eccl, = adore) → preisen

bless

[blɛs] vtbenedire
God bless the queen! → Dio benedica la regina!
bless you! → sei un angelo! (after sneezing) → salute!
I'm blessed if I know! (fam) → non ne so un accidente!
bless my soul! → santo cielo!
to be blessed with → godere di

bless

(bles) past tense blessed: past participles blessed ~blest
– to ask God to show favour to. Bless this ship.
blessed (ˈblesid) adjective
holy. the Blessed Virgin.
ˈblessedly (-sid-) adverb
ˈblessedness (-sid-) noun
ˈblessing noun
1. a wish or prayer for happiness or success. The priest gave them his blessing.
2. any cause of happiness. Her son was a great blessing to her.
3. a prayer of thanks to God before and/or after a meal.
a blessing in disguise
something that has proved to be fortunate after seeming unfortunate.

bless

يُبارِكُ požehnat velsigne segnen ευλογώ bendecir siunata bénir blagosloviti benedire 祝福する 축복하다 zegenen velsigne pobłogosławić abençoar благословлять välsigna อวยพร kutsamak cầu nguyện 保佑
References in classic literature ?
that would be a pity; and as to being quick, why, bless you
Her own future was close-folded still; folded and hidden in beautiful mists; but she leaned her head against the sun-warmed door, and closing her eyes, whispered, just as if she had been a child saying her prayers: "God bless aunt Miranda; God bless the brick house that was; God bless the brick house that is to be
In the hour of my death, I shall hold sacred the one good remembrance-- and shall thank and bless you for it--that my last avowal of myself was made to you, and that my name, and faults, and miseries were gently carried in your heart.
Ay, gracious sir,'' answered the Jew, with more confidence; ``and knight and yeoman, squire and vassal, may bless the goodly gift which Heaven hath assigned to her.
He stopped a little from the inn, and raising his voice in an odd sing-song, addressed the air in front of him, "Will any kind friend inform a poor blind man, who has lost the precious sight of his eyes in the gracious defence of his native country, England--and God bless King George
Yes, many a time; and since my eyes has been so bad, he's sat an' read to me by the half-hour together: but you know, Miss, he has other folks to see, and other things to do--God bless him
They arranged a reception-room for men, and a place was railed in so that he should not be pushed over by the crowds of women visitors, and so that he could conveniently bless those who came.
Captain Jim thought women were delightful creatures, who ought to have the vote, and everything else they wanted, bless their hearts; but he did not believe they could write.
he hath preserved me and my little family; we have all reason to bless him while we live.
When the deacon had finished the prayer for the Imperial family, the priest turned to the bridal pair with a book: "Eternal God, that joinest together in love them that were separate," he read in a gentle, piping voice: "who hast ordained the union of holy wedlock that cannot be set asunder, Thou who didst bless Isaac and Rebecca and their descendants, according to Thy Holy Covenant; bless Thy servants, Konstantin and Ekaterina, leading them in the path of all good works.
Lor bless her dear heart, when she has lived as long as I have, sir, and had thirteen children of her own, and all on 'em dead except two, and them in the wurkus with me, she'll know better than to take on in that way, bless her dear heart
John catches of me, it is true; but I ain't a light weight, bless ye, and he's forced to let me down.