verb (used with object), blessed or blest, bless·ing.
Origin of bless
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Then both the blesser and the blessed will praise God for his boundless love.The Harp of God
J. F. Rutherford
verb blesses, blessing, blessed or blest (tr)
- a traditional phrase said to a person who has just sneezed
- an exclamation of well-wishing or surprise
Word Origin for bless
Old English bletsian, bledsian, Northumbrian bloedsian "to consecrate, make holy, give thanks," from Proto-Germanic *blodison "hallow with blood, mark with blood," from *blotham "blood" (see blood).
Originally a blood sprinkling on pagan altars. This word was chosen in Old English bibles to translate Latin benedicere and Greek eulogein, both of which have a ground sense of "to speak well of, to praise," but were used in Scripture to translate Hebrew brk "to bend (the knee), worship, praise, invoke blessings." Meaning shifted in late Old English toward "pronounce or make happy," by resemblance to unrelated bliss. No cognates in other languages. Related: Blessed; blessing.