\ 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 gratitudethank you for your consideration or sometimes to emphasize a preceding statement especially by implying that it is not subject to questionlikes 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 On Friday, the couple released a statement thanking the medical staff at AMITA Health St. Alexius Medical Center Hoffman Estates. NBC News, "Coronavirus updates: U.S., Japanese citizens die in Wuhan and global deaths at least 724," 7 Feb. 2020 Trump, putting his personal stamp on the event, has used it to praise his accomplishments, malign his enemies, and thank God for being on his side. Diane Winston, The Conversation, "National Prayer Breakfast was a moment for leaders to show humility – Trump changed it," 7 Feb. 2020 Not all Vanessa's posts were open for comment, but those that were had comments flooded with love and appreciation, thanking her for sharing this private look at the grief within her family and community. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, "Vanessa Bryant Shares the School Ceremony Retiring Daughter Gianna's Number," 6 Feb. 2020 Johnson is seen in the commercial thanking Trump and hugging her family. Fox News, "Trump campaign prison reform Super Bowl ad features Alice Marie Johnson," 4 Feb. 2020 My spiritual advisor told me to write a letter to [our first child] thanking that soul for coming to me. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Exclusive: 'Married To Medicine: Los Angeles' Star Asha Kamali Blankinship Shares The First Photos Daughter Kamali," 31 Jan. 2020 First, the run-time — two hours is as long as anyone wants to be watching beautiful humans thanking their agents. Anne Cohen,, "Parasite Was Worshipped At The SAGs, Putting It One Step Closer To Best Picture," 20 Jan. 2020 A day earlier, before Wednesday's signing of a Phase One trade deal with China, as impeachment gripped Capitol Hill, the president commanded the stage for nearly 40 minutes thanking the negotiators, business leaders and lawmakers in the room. Christine Romans, CNN, "As impeachment captures attention, Trump tries to shift focus to the economy," 17 Jan. 2020 Felt luck the luckiest person to be given the chance to go into The Circle! Happy thoughts and thank you to everyone so much for the really sweet messages and comments. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Who is Shubham From "The Circle"?," 14 Jan. 2020

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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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12 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Thank.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce thank (audio)

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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