\ ˈthaŋk \
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.

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Apple would provide what was needed, thank you very much. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Data Sheet—Celebrating Apple's Lucrative Switcheroo," 11 July 2018 My brain was working just fine, thank you very much. Dave Stukas,, "I wasn't very smart when it came to dating. Or was I?," 29 June 2018 In a video played at a news conference on Saturday the group appeared well, sitting up in bed and thanking their rescuers. NBC News, "Boys rescued from Thailand cave to be discharged from hospital on Thursday," 14 July 2018 Not to Be a Total Downer DEAR NOT TO BE A TOTAL DOWNER: Needed to be said, thank you. Carolyn Hax, The Seattle Times, "Envious of husband’s approaching retirement," 10 July 2018 There’s also a Nantucket-meets-Italy inspired set of notecards embellished with pale pink climbing roses and friendly summer butterflies, perfectly suited for hostess thank-yous. Katie Kiefner, Vogue, "Send All of Your Summer Thank You Notes on This Stunning Stationery," 10 July 2018 This was a great coverage angle for the March for Our Lives – thank you! The Christian Science Monitor, "Readers write: Young reporters cover March for Our Lives," 23 June 2018 To those who have shown incredible support, thank you. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Former UK punter says he hopes coming out as gay will inspire others," 20 June 2018 Through that disappointment of a heartbreaking World Cup loss, England fans managed to thank their team for that memorable World Cup run. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "England fans stayed in the stadium to serenade the team after World Cup loss," 11 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of thank

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


\ ˈthaŋk \
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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occurring twice a year or every two years

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