\ ˈthaŋk How to pronounce thank (audio) \
thanked; thanking; thanks

Definition of thank

transitive verb

1 : 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
2 : to hold responsible had only himself to thank for his loss

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Other Words from thank

thanker noun

Examples of thank in a Sentence

I want to thank everyone who helped today. There's no need to thank me. Anyone would have done the same.
Recent Examples on the Web All had the same harmonious message: To thank the frontline workers for their sacrifice and contributions to helping the community during the pandemic. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, "WATCH: Mavs’ 2011 title team thanks COVID-19 frontline ‘champions’ with melodic video tribute," 9 Feb. 2021 Basically, Shelton has shoddy cell service to thank for that. Nick Romano,, "Gwen Stefani reveals how she really got together with Blake Shelton in jokey Super Bowl ad," 8 Feb. 2021 Costuming, thank Sweet Baby King Cake Jesus, is one of the rare traditions New Orleanians can still safely embrace. Sarah Ravits,, "Headpieces and house floats: Two costume experts gear up for Carnival 2021," 8 Feb. 2021 Who will the Super Bowl MVP thank first in his acceptance speech?, "Tom Brady and the Buccaneers open on offense in Super Bowl LV," 7 Feb. 2021 Amber Tjaden’s brother-in-law, Mike Lewis, also used the online platform to thank all those that had assisted in her search. Caitlin Mcfall, Fox News, "Body of former Omaha mayor's daughter found after vanishing from home last month," 7 Feb. 2021 Malcolm & Marie is based on a simple premise: What happens after a director forgets to thank his wife at his movie's premiere? Lia Beck,, "There’s At Least One True Story Behind Malcolm & Marie," 7 Feb. 2021 To thank and honor them for their service during COVID-19 times the NFL is picking up the $950 ticket price. Charles Hollis, al, "KC’s revamped offensive line a problem against Brady, underdog Bucs," 6 Feb. 2021 Malcolm forgot to thank Marie during his speech, despite thanking everyone else in the world. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, "‘Malcolm & Marie’ is beautiful but exhausting," 5 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of thank

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for thank

Middle English, from Old English thancian; akin to Old English thanc gratitude — more at thanks

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The first known use of thank was before the 12th century

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20 Feb 2021

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“Thank.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of thank

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


\ ˈthaŋk How to pronounce thank (audio) \
thanked; thanking

Kids Definition of thank

1 : to express gratitude to
2 : to hold responsible I can thank myself for my problem.

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