Bless v. t. [imp. & p. p. Blessed or Blest; p. pr. & vb. n. Blessing.]
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. 14.
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. 16.
5. To make the sign of the cross upon; to cross (one's self). [Archaic]
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. --Spenser.
Round his armed head his trenchant blade he blest. --Fairfax.
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.”
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.
1. Hallowed; consecrated; worthy of blessing or adoration; heavenly; holy.
O, run; prevent them with thy humble ode,
And lay it lowly at his blessed feet. --Milton.
2. Enjoying happiness or bliss; favored with blessings; happy; highly favored.
All generations shall call me blessed. --Luke i. 48.
Towards England's blessed shore. --Shak.
3. Imparting happiness or bliss; fraught with happiness; blissful; joyful. “Then was a blessed time.” “So blessed a disposition.”
4. Enjoying, or pertaining to, spiritual happiness, or heavenly felicity; as, the blessed in heaven.
Reverenced like a blessed saint. --Shak.
Cast out from God and blessed vision. --Milton.
5. R. C. Ch. Beatified.
6. Used euphemistically, ironically, or intensively.
Not a blessed man came to set her [a boat] free. --R. D. Blackmore.
adj 1: highly favored or fortunate (as e.g. by divine grace); "our
blessed land"; "the blessed assurance of a steady
income" [syn: blest] [ant: cursed]
2: worthy of worship; "the Blessed Trinity"
3: expletives used informally as intensifiers; "he's a blasted
idiot"; "it's a blamed shame"; "a blame cold winter"; "not
a blessed dime"; "I'll be damned (or blessed or darned or
goddamned) if I'll do any such thing"; "he's a damn (or
goddam or goddamned) fool"; "a deuced idiot"; "tired or
his everlasting whimpering"; "an infernal nuisance" [syn:
blasted, blame, blamed, damn, damned, darned,
deuced, everlasting, goddam, goddamn, goddamned,
4: Roman Catholic; proclaimed one of the blessed and thus
worthy of veneration [syn: beatified]
5: enjoying the bliss of heaven
6: characterized by happiness and good fortune; "a blessed
7: having good fortune bestowed or conferred upon; sometimes
used as in combination; "blessed with a strong healthy
body"; "a nation blessed with peace"; "a peace-blessed
era" [syn: blessed with(p), endued with(p)]