bless-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: render holy; consecrate; give benediction to

Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1[agent] BLESS NP2[patient]
NOTE: the NP2 is gaining the property 'holy or sacred' but no other attributes or qualities are transfered onto NP2. Unless, like in the last example, the NP1 is merely granting permission to something.

The priest blessed the newborn baby with holy water.
The ancient Romans would bless a boundary around a new city to keep
evil spirits out.
I bless this church in the name of the Father...
Every day the priests blessed the water to make it holy.
She won't do anything new unless her father blesses the activity.

VerbNet: judgement-33.1-1
FrameNet: Rite
PropBank: bless.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 3, 4

Sense Number 2: confer a possession or attribute to

Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1[agent] BLESS NP2[patient[animate]] WITH NP3[instrument/attribute]
NOTE: often used in the passive construction: NP1[animate] BE BLESSED WITH NP2[quality/possession]

Apparently you weren't blessed with an over-abundance of intelligence.
May was blessed with a beautiful voice.
God blessed her with five beautiful children.
My father blessed me with a good sense of self worth.

VerbNet: judgement-33.1-1
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: bless.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2