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tank

noun \ ˈtaŋk \

Definition of tank

1 :a usually large receptacle for holding, transporting, or storing liquids (such as water or fuel)
2 :an enclosed heavily armed and armored combat vehicle that moves on tracks
4 dialect :pond, pool; especially :one built as a water supply
5 :a prison cell or enclosure used especially for receiving prisoners

tankful

play \-ˌfu̇l\ noun

tanklike

play \-ˌlīk\ adjective
in the tank or into the tank
:in or into a decline or slump
  • the sullen student's grades went into the tank

Recent Examples of tank from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of tank

Portuguese tanque, alteration of estanque, from estancar to stanch, perhaps from Vulgar Latin *stanticare — more at stanch


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tank

verb

Definition of tank

transitive verb
1 :to make no effort to win :lose intentionally
  • tanked the match
2 :to place, store, or treat in a tank
intransitive verb
1 :to lose intentionally :give up in competition
2 :to suffer rapid decline, failure, or collapse
  • bought a stock that quickly tanked

Examples of tank in a Sentence

  1. Some people say she deliberately tanked the match.

  2. Some people have accused her of tanking.

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First Known Use of tank

1863



TANK Defined for English Language Learners

tank

noun

Definition of tank for English Language Learners

  • : a container for holding a liquid or gas

  • : the amount that a tank will hold

  • : a military vehicle that moves on two large metal belts with wheels inside them and that is covered in heavy armor


tank

verb

Definition of tank for English Language Learners

  • : to be very unsuccessful : to fail completely

  • : to make no effort to win a contest (such as a tennis match) : to deliberately lose a game, match, etc.


TANK Defined for Kids

tank

noun \ ˈtaŋk \

Definition of tank for Students

1 :an often large container for a liquid
  • water tank
  • fish tank
2 :an enclosed combat vehicle that has heavy armor and guns and a tread which is an endless belt


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