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Meaning of BLESS

Pronunciation:  bles

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  give a benediction to; "The dying man blessed his son"
  2. [v]  render holy by means of religious rites
  3. [v]  make the sign of the cross over someone in order to call on God for protection; consecrate
  4. [v]  confer prosperity or happiness on

BLESS is a 5 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: consecrate, hallow, sanctify, sign
 Antonyms: anathemize, bedamn, beshrew, curse, damn, deconsecrate, desecrate, imprecate, maledict
 See Also: anele, anoint, bestow, confer, declare, embrocate, gesticulate, gesture, inunct, motion, oil, reconsecrate



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Bless\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Blessed}or {Blest}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {Blessing}.] [OE. blessien, bletsen, AS. bletsian,
bledsian, bloedsian, fr. bl?d blood; prob. originally to
consecrate by sprinkling with blood. See {Blood}.]
1. To make or pronounce holy; to consecrate

         And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it.
                                               --Gen. ii. 3.

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

         The quality of mercy is . . . twice blest; It
         blesseth him that gives and him that takes. --Shak.

         It hath pleased thee to bless the house of thy
         servant, that it may continue forever before thee.
                                               --1 Chron.
                                               xvii. 27 (R.
                                               V. )

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

         Bless them which persecute you.       --Rom. xii.

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

         Then he took the five loaves and the two fishes, and
         looking up to heaven, he blessed them. --Luke ix.

5. To make the sign of the cross upon; to cross (one's self).
   [Archaic] --Holinshed.

6. To guard; to keep; to protect. [Obs.]

7. To praise, or glorify; to extol for excellences.

         Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within
         me, bless his holy name.              --Ps. ciii. 1.

8. To esteem or account happy; to felicitate.

         The nations shall bless themselves in him. --Jer.
                                               iv. 3.

9. To wave; to brandish. [Obs.]

         And burning blades about their heads do bless.

         Round his armed head his trenchant blade he blest.

Note: This is an old sense of the word, supposed by Johnson,
      Nares, and others, to have been derived from the old
      rite of blessing a field by directing the hands to all
      parts of it. ``In drawing [their bow] some fetch such a
      compass as though they would turn about and bless all
      the field.'' --Ascham.

{Bless me!} {Bless us!} an exclamation of surprise. --Milton.

{To bless from}, to secure, defend, or preserve from. ``Bless
   me from marrying a usurer.'' --Shak.

         To bless the doors from nightly harm. --Milton.

{To bless with}, {To be blessed with}, to favor or endow
   with; to be favored or endowed with; as, God blesses us
   with health; we are blessed with happiness.

Easton Bible Dictionary

(1.) God blesses his people when he bestows on them some gift temporal or spiritual (Gen. 1:22; 24:35; Job 42:12; Ps. 45:2; 104:24, 35).

(2.) We bless God when we thank him for his mercies (Ps. 103:1, 2; 145:1, 2).

(3.) A man blesses himself when he invokes God's blessing (Isa. 65:16), or rejoices in God's goodness to him (Deut. 29:19; Ps. 49:18).

(4.) One blesses another when he expresses good wishes or offers prayer to God for his welfare (Gen. 24:60; 31:55; 1 Sam. 2:20). Sometimes blessings were uttered under divine inspiration, as in the case of Noah, Isaac, Jacob, and Moses (Gen. 9:26, 27; 27:28, 29, 40; 48:15-20; 49:1-28; Deut. 33). The priests were divinely authorized to bless the people (Deut. 10:8; Num. 6:22-27). We have many examples of apostolic benediction (2 Cor. 13:14; Eph. 6:23, 24; 2 Thess. 3:16, 18; Heb. 13:20, 21; 1 Pet. 5:10, 11).

(5.) Among the Jews in their thank-offerings the master of the feast took a cup of wine in his hand, and after having blessed God for it and for other mercies then enjoyed, handed it to his guests, who all partook of it. Ps. 116:13 refers to this custom. It is also alluded to in 1 Cor. 10:16, where the apostle speaks of the "cup of blessing."

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