\ 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 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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Paytm, India’s largest digital-wallet firm, took out ads thanking Mr Modi for the move. The Economist, "Indians are switching to digital payments in droves," 6 June 2019 None of this fractional dimensional stuff here, thank you very much. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Fractal structure produces fractal electrons with fractal energies," 2 Dec. 2018 The dealership decided to thank Frève for his loyalty by surprising him with refurbished front seats for his car. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "A Mazda Dealer Surprised a Loyal Customer by Refurbishing His First-Gen MX-5 Miata's Seats for Free," 11 May 2019 And before the Sussexes headed off, the duchess took the time to thank everyone who sent their congratulations to the new family. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "Inside Duchess Meghan & Prince Harry's Intimate Photo Shoot with Baby Sussex," 8 May 2019 The best way to thank him was to give him something in return. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Is Buying His Dad Any House He Wants," 6 Mar. 2019 President Trump and the First Lady traveled to Iraq late on Christmas night to visit with our troops and Senior Military leadership to thank them for their service, their success, and their sacrifice and to wish them a Merry Christmas. Alexia Underwood, Vox, "Trump’s secret trip to Iraq didn’t quite go as planned," 27 Dec. 2018 George, thank you for letting us take your children into our care. Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "From Westeros to Essos, the Game of Thrones Cast Ruled at the World Premiere," 5 Apr. 2019 Consider this my official petition for Bath & Body Works to release a full line of Harry Potter candles, please and thank you. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Muggles, You Need These Harry Potter Scented Candles in Your Life," 19 Mar. 2019

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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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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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