\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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Kay Gudeman said her husband wanted to thank the person who saved him. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "Choking victim reunites with lifesaver nurse at Valparaiso restaurant: 'Because of you, I'm still alive'," 3 July 2018 Jones thanked Doe for going to police so that Lawrence could now remove the suspect student from campus. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lawrence University sued over campus sex assault procedures," 13 July 2018 At first, though, I was left with an oblong mole — a noncancerous one, thank goodness — with an obvious demarcation where it had been stitched together (pictured below). Marci Robin, Allure, "Beauty Mark Makeover: Why I Chose to Reduce the Size of My Mole Instead of Getting It Removed," 13 July 2018 While Aritzia’s executives might be quick to thank Markle, J. Crew certainly hasn’t seen a similar boost from Markle—or other customers—over the last few quarters. Rachel King, Fortune, "Meghan Markle Is Being Credited With Boosting Aritzia's Earnings. But Is the 'Meghan Effect' Real?," 13 July 2018 So thank heavens Miami city commissioners agreed rather than simply open their wallets like their predecessors did for Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria. Dave Hyde,, "Hyde: MLS proposal is short on details, long on questions | Commentary," 13 July 2018 The family thanks the staff at Chesterfields Health Center and Middlesex Hospital Hospice Unit for the care and compassion given to David. Hartford Courant,, "David Hartwell Zanardi," 11 July 2018 Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea thanked the House committee for the grants but said states need more money to replace their outdated equipment and boost their staffing. Erin Kelly, USA TODAY, "Russia so far not mounting 'robust' hacking effort against U.S. election, official says," 11 July 2018 The baby was taken to a hospital and is in good condition, the sheriff's office said in its press release, thanking those who helped bring the infant to safety. Samantha Schmidt, ajc, "Faint cry leads deputies to baby abandoned in cold Montana mountains," 9 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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one that holds something together

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