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tank

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noun \ˈtaŋk\

Definition of tank

  1. 1 dialect :  pond, pool; especially :  one built as a water supply

  2. 2 :  a usually large receptacle for holding, transporting, or storing liquids (such as water or fuel)

  3. 3 :  an enclosed heavily armed and armored combat vehicle that moves on tracks

  4. 4 :  a prison cell or enclosure used especially for receiving prisoners

  5. 5 :  tank top

tankful

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tanklike

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in the tank

or

into the tank

  1. :  in or into a decline or slump <the sullen student's grades went into the tank>

Origin and Etymology of tank

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


First Known Use: 1609


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tank

verb

Definition of tank

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to place, store, or treat in a tank

  3. 2 :  to make no effort to win :  lose intentionally <tanked the match>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to lose intentionally :  give up in competition

  6. 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.

1863

First Known Use of tank

1863



TANK Defined for English Language Learners

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tank

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noun \ˈtaŋk\

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


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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

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noun \ˈtaŋk\

Definition of tank for Students

  1. 1 :  an often large container for a liquid <water tank> <fish tank>

  2. 2 :  an enclosed combat vehicle that has heavy armor and guns and a tread which is an endless belt



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