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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


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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