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transitive verb \ˈthaŋk\

: to tell (someone) that you are grateful for something that he or she has done or given

Full Definition of THANK

:  to express gratitude to <thanked her for the present> —used in the phrase thank you usually without a subject to politely express gratitude <thank you for your consideration> or sometimes to emphasize a preceding statement especially by implying that it is not subject to question <likes her job just fine, thank you> —used in such phrases as thank God, thank goodness usually without a subject to express gratitude or more often only the speaker's or writer's pleasure or satisfaction in something
:  to hold responsible <had only himself to thank for his loss>
thank·er noun

Examples of THANK

  1. I want to thank everyone who helped today.
  2. There's no need to thank me. Anyone would have done the same.

Origin of THANK

Middle English, from Old English thancian; akin to Old English thanc gratitude — more at thanks
First Known Use: before 12th century
THANKING Defined for Kids


verb \ˈthaŋk\

Definition of THANK for Kids

:  to express gratitude to
:  to hold responsible <I can thank myself for my problem.>


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