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English verb: bless

1. bless (communication) give a benediction to


SamplesThe dying man blessed his son.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)arouse, bring up, call down, call forth, conjure, conjure up, evoke, invoke, put forward, raise, stir


Narrower (hyponym)anele, anoint, embrocate, inunct, oil


Antonymsanathemise, anathemize, bedamn, beshrew, damn, imprecate, maledict, curse

2. bless (possession) confer prosperity or happiness on


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)bestow, confer

3. bless (communication) make the sign of the cross over someone in order to call on God for protection; consecrate


Synonymssign


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)gesticulate, gesture, motion

4. bless (communication) render holy by means of religious rites


Synonymsconsecrate, hallow, sanctify


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)declare


Narrower (hyponym)reconsecrate


Antonymsdeconsecrate, unhallow, desecrate









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