|Origin:||bletsian, from blod 'blood'; because blood was used in religious ceremonies|
bless S3 [transitive]
what you say when someone sneezes
used to thank someone for doing something for you
used to show that you are fond of someone, amused by them, or pleased by something they have done:
He's always willing to help. Bless him!
'Jess made this card for me.' 'Bless!'
to have a special ability, good quality etc:
We're both blessed with good health.
if God blesses someone or something, he helps and protects them:
May God bless you.
to ask God to protect someone or something:
The couple later had their marriage blessed in their local parish church.
to make something holy:
Then the priest blesses the bread and wine.
7 old-fashioned spoken
used to express surprise