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BLESS (blest)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does bless mean? 

BLESS (verb)
  The verb BLESS has 4 senses:

1. give a benediction to
2. confer prosperity or happiness on
3. make the sign of the cross over someone in order to call on God for protection; consecrate
4. render holy by means of religious rites

  Familiarity information: BLESS used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


BLESS (verb)


Sense 1bless [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Give a benediction to

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

The dying man blessed his son

Hypernyms (to "bless" is one way to...):

arouse; bring up; call down; call forth; conjure; conjure up; evoke; invoke; put forward; raise; stir (summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "bless"):

anele; anoint; embrocate; inunct; oil (administer an oil or ointment to ; often in a religious ceremony of blessing)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody

Antonym:

curse (wish harm upon; invoke evil upon)


Sense 2bless [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Confer prosperity or happiness on

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Hypernyms (to "bless" is one way to...):

bestow; confer (present)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


Sense 3bless [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

bless; sign

Hypernyms (to "bless" is one way to...):

gesticulate; gesture; motion (show, express or direct through movement)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 4bless [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Render holy by means of religious rites

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

hallow; sanctify; bless; consecrate

Hypernyms (to "bless" is one way to...):

declare (state emphatically and authoritatively)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "bless"):

reconsecrate (consecrate anew, as after a desecration)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


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