pronounce words in a religious rite in order to confer or invoke divine favour upon; ask God to look favourably on:he blessed the dying man and anointed him
(especially in Christian church services) call (God) holy; praise (God).
(bless someone with) (of God or some notional higher power) endow someone with (a particular cherished thing or attribute):we have been blessed with a beautiful baby boya beautiful city blessed with huge sandy beaches
express or feel gratitude to; thank:she silently blessed the premonition which had made her pack her best dress
(bless oneself) make the sign of the cross:the poor parson, blessing himself, brought up the rear
used in expressions of surprise, endearment, gratitude, etc.:bless my soul, Alan, what are you doing?Nurse Jones, bless her, had made a pot of teashe even bought me a little present—bless!
said to a person who has just sneezed.
[from the phrase (may) God bless you]
not have a penny to bless oneself with
dated be completely impoverished.
[alluding to the cross on an old silver penny or to the practice of crossing a person's palm with silver for luck]