Definition of thank
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>
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.
Origin and Etymology of thank
Middle English, from Old English thancian; akin to Old English thanc gratitude — more at thanks
First Known Use: before 12th century
THANK Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of thank for English Language Learners
: to tell (someone) that you are grateful for something that he or she has done or given
THANK Defined for Kids
Definition of thank for Students
1 : to express gratitude to
2 : to hold responsible <I can thank myself for my problem.>
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