verb (used with object), blessed or blest, bless·ing.
Origin of bless
Synonyms for bless
Related Words for blestanoint, consecrate, baptize, ordain, thank, endow, celebrate, sprinkle, glorify, magnify, offer, canonize, sacrifice, confirm, dedicate, laud, sign, commend, exalt, honor
Examples from the Web for blest
Historical Examples of blest
Your friendship much can make me blest, O why that bliss destroy!
One of these hours my dear Clarinda blest me with yesternight.
For about half an hour it was all over us, and I'm blest if I know why nobody was hit.
Talk of births and of those who are likely to be blest with them!The Secret Memoirs of Louis XV./XVI, Complete
Madame du Hausset, an "Unknown English Girl" and the Princess Lamballe
When his time comes he shall depart in peace to the islands of the blest.The Republic
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
alternative past tense and past participle of 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.