- 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
- (usually passive) to endow with a talent, beauty, etc
- rare to protect against evil or harm
- bless! ⇒ (interjection) an exclamation of well-wishing
- bless you! ⇒ (interjection) a traditional phrase said to a person who has just sneezed
- an exclamation of well-wishing or surprise
- bless me!, bless my soul!, God bless my soul! ⇒ (interjection) an exclamation of surprise
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
- to make (something) holy or sacred by a religious rite:The priest blessed the offering.
- to ask for God's divine favor upon or for:Bless this house.
- to give some benefit to;
endow:[~ + object + with + object]Nature blessed me with strong teeth.
- to praise as holy;
glorify: Bless the Lord.
- Bless you!
- (used to convey thanks, affection, or best wishes to someone):"Bless you,'' she said when I dropped a few coins in her basket.
- (used to express polite concern after someone has sneezed):"Ahchoo!'' she sneezed. "Bless you,'' he responded.
- 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 interjectionally):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.
- Middle English blessen, Old English blētsian, blēdsian to consecrate, origin, originally with blood, earlier *blōdisōian (blōd blood + -isō- derivational suffix + -ian verb, verbal suffix) bef. 950
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged exalt, hallow, glorify, magnify, beatify.