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.
Recent Examples of thank from the Web
This was one of two thank you notes and gift cards placed on the windshields of Naperville Police Department squad cars in recent weeks by an anonymous person.
Sharon and Rich Patrick, the grandparents of Jimi Patrick — with whom the college student lived in Newtown – released a letter thanking the district attorney’s office for its tireless efforts.
These pedestrians on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles have Jimmy Kimmel to thank for this predicament.
Brown spoke eloquently about his tenure and thanked the board and all of his colleagues for a wonderful 12 years.
Thank GOD this was before smartphones, let alone Instagram.
This french fry free-for-all also is to thank the community for its patience during the long construction period for Simplot’s headquarters and JUMP that impacted Downtown traffic for nearly two years.
Thank you owners, coaches, players, employees, volunteers, press and most importantly the wonderful fans.
Over the past 10 days, thousands on Facebook voted in our Michigan Lakes Tournament Challenge (thank you!), rooting for their favorite inland lakes to reach this weekend's semifinals.
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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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