What does the word bless mean?

Usage examples for bless

  1. After some time, he took his leave, but exclaimed, presently, Bless me! – The Childhood of Distinguished Women by Selina A. Bower
  2. But if you did you never showed it in the least, and I bless you for it. – Miss McDonald by Mary J. Holmes
  3. God bless my little wife. – Moods by Louisa May Alcott