bless


bless
bless [bles]
vt.
blessed or blest, blessing [ME blessen, bletsien < OE bletsian, bledsian < blod,BLOOD: rite of consecration by sprinkling an altar with blood]
1. to make or declare holy by a spoken formula or a sign; hallow; consecrate
2. to ask divine favor for [the minister blessed the congregation]
3. to favor or endow (with) [to be blessed with eloquence]
4. to make happy or prosperous; gladden [he blessed us with his leadership]
5. to think (oneself) happy; congratulate (oneself)
6. to praise or glorify [to bless the Lord]
7. to make the sign of the cross over or upon
8. to keep or protect from harm, evil, etc.: obsolete, except in prayers, exclamations, etc.
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bless me! or bless him! or bless you!
an exclamation of surprise, pleasure, dismay, etc.
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God bless!
may God bestow blessings on you

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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