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1‘the chaplain said more prayers and blessed the couple’
ask God's favour for, ask God's protection for, give a benediction for, invoke happiness on
2‘the Cardinal blessed the memorial plaque’
consecrate, sanctify, hallow, dedicate, dedicate to God, make holy, make sacred, set apart, devote to God
anoint, ordain, canonize, beatify
3‘let us bless the name of the Lord’
praise, worship, glorify, honour, exalt, adore, pay tribute to, pay homage to, give thanks to, venerate, reverence, hallow
archaic magnify, laud
4‘the gods have blessed us with magical voices’
endow, favour, provide, grace, bestow, furnish, entrust, present
grant, vouchsafe, afford, accord, give, donate
confer on, lavish on
5‘I bless the day you came here’
give thanks for, express gratitude for, be grateful for
thank, appreciate, celebrate
6‘the government refused to bless the undertaking’
sanction, consent to, give consent for, give assent to, endorse, agree to, concur with, approve, give approval for, give one's blessing to, back, support, be in favour of, smile on
informal give the thumbs up to, give the green light to, OK
North American rare approbate
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