thank

verb \ ˈthaŋk \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

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

thanker

noun

Examples of thank in a Sentence

  1. I want to thank everyone who helped today.

  2. There's no need to thank me. Anyone would have done the same.

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Origin and Etymology of thank

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



THANK Defined for English Language Learners

thank

verb

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

thank

verb \ ˈthaŋk \

Definition of thank for Students

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


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