What does bless mean?

Definitions for bless
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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word bless.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. blessverb

    give a benediction to

    "The dying man blessed his son"

  2. blessverb

    confer prosperity or happiness on

  3. bless, signverb

    make the sign of the cross over someone in order to call on God for protection; consecrate

  4. consecrate, bless, hallow, sanctifyverb

    render holy by means of religious rites

Wiktionary

  1. blessverb

    To make something blessed, to confer blessing upon.

  2. blessverb

    To turn (a reference) into an object.

  3. blessinterjection

    Used as an expression of endearment, or (ironically) belittlement.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To BLESSverb

    Etymology: blessian, Saxon.

    The quality of mercy is not strain’d;
    It droppeth as the gentle rain of heaven
    Upon the place beneath. It is twice bless’d;
    It blesseth him that gives, and him that takes. Merch. of Ven.

    Had I but died an hour before this chance,
    I had liv’d a blessed time: for, from this instant,
    There’s nothing. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    This kingdom enjoyed the greatest calm, and the fullest measure of felicity, that any people, in any age for so long time together, have been blessed with. Edward Hyde.

    Happy this isle, which such a hero blest;
    What virtue dwells not in his loyal breast? Edmund Waller.

    In vain with folding arms the youth assay’d
    To stop her flight, and strain the flying shade;
    But she return’d no more, to bless his longing eyes. Dryden.

    O hospitable Jove! we thus invoke,
    Bless to both nations this auspicious hour. John Dryden, Æn.

    And this is the blessing wherewith Moses the man of God blessed the children of Israel, before his death. Deut. xxxiii. 1.

    Unto us there is one only guide of all agents natural, and he both the creator and worker of all in all, alone to be blessed, adored, and honoured by all for ever. Richard Hooker, b. i. § 3.

    But bless’d be that great pow’r, that hath us bless’d
    With longer life than earth and heav’n can have. Davies.

    Whom when the prince to battle new addrest,
    And threat’ning high his dreadful stroke did see,
    His sparkling blade about his head he blest,
    And smote off quite his right leg by the knee. Fairy Q. b. i.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Blessverb

    to make or pronounce holy; to consecrate

  2. Blessverb

    to make happy, blithesome, or joyous; to confer prosperity or happiness upon; to grant divine favor to

  3. Blessverb

    to express a wish or prayer for the happiness of; to invoke a blessing upon; -- applied to persons

  4. Blessverb

    to invoke or confer beneficial attributes or qualities upon; to invoke or confer a blessing on, -- as on food

  5. Blessverb

    to make the sign of the cross upon; to cross (one's self)

  6. Blessverb

    to guard; to keep; to protect

  7. Blessverb

    to praise, or glorify; to extol for excellences

  8. Blessverb

    to esteem or account happy; to felicitate

  9. Blessverb

    to wave; to brandish

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Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bless

    bles, v.t. to invoke a blessing upon: to make joyous, happy, or prosperous: to consecrate by some religious rite, to cross one's self: to extol as holy, to pronounce happy, to invoke the divine favour upon: to wish happiness to: to praise or glorify:—pa.p. blessed (blest), or blest.—adj. Bless′ed, happy: prosperous: happy in heaven, beatified.—adv. Bless′edly.—ns. Bless′edness; Bless′ing, a wish or prayer for happiness or success: any means or cause of happiness: (B.) a gift or present: a form of invoking the favour of God at a meal.—adv. Bless′ingly.—Single blessedness, the celibate life, the unmarried state generally. [A.S. blétsian, to bless, prob. from blót, sacrifice; the word taken as—benedicĕre.]

  2. Bless

    bles, v.t. (Spens.) to brandish. [Blaze(?).]

Editors Contribution

  1. bless

    To wish good things for a person, universal being, animal or organization.

    Its beautiful to bless good things to people and animals.


    Submitted by MaryC on August 18, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'bless' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4040

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'bless' in Verbs Frequency: #1046

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bless in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bless in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of bless in a Sentence

  1. Samual Rutherford:

    I bless the Lord that all our troubles come through Christ's fingers, and that He casteth sugar among them and casteth in some ounce withts of heaven and of the spirit of glory in our cup.

  2. Pope Francis:

    You're like Jesus on this night, and I bless you and am close to you, i embrace you all and wish for you a holy Christmas.

  3. Naad-Dre Amos:

    Black lives really does matter, and god bless America, and George Floyd will never be forgotten.”

  4. Ben Johnson:

    I still haven't heard anything that leads me to say that we absolutely have to do it, i've heard lots of emotional arguments and I sympathize with all of them. Anyone who only has Sunday off -- God bless them -- but we do have mail-in ballots available.

  5. Larry Kudlow:

    I don't like to see any of this, even if it's temporary, am I out of touch ? I don't think I'm out of touch. I'm addressing the problem. I've met with my individual staff members and God bless them. They're working for free. They're volunteering. But they do it because they believe government service is honorable and they believe in President Lara Trump and they're working as hard as ever.

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