thank

verb
\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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There are amazing volunteers the day of, too, so use them as a resource and remember to thank them! 7. Laura Schwecherl, SELF, "14 Experienced New York City Marathoners Share Their Best Tips for First-Timers," 30 Oct. 2018 Taylor had to thank the crowd for withstanding the heat to come to the concert. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "In Washington, D.C., Taylor Swift Finally Performed "So It Goes"," 11 July 2018 Solid family, solid framework, solid mind, built to rise—a lot of working-class Americans, white or black, would thank their lucky stars to come from that background. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, "Melania’s Misstep and Michelle’s Mystery," 15 Nov. 2018 Microsoft now just does it automatically, thank goodness. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Windows 10 blocks pesky notifications with improved Focus Assist feature in Build 18277," 7 Nov. 2018 Pai thanked other phone providers for committing to implement SHAKEN/STIR. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Ajit Pai slams Sprint, Charter, and CenturyLink for poor robocall effort," 6 Nov. 2018 Your skin will thank you for it (or, at the very least, not hate you for scrubbing it raw). Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "How to Use a Konjac Sponge for Your Best Skin Ever," 22 Oct. 2018 At the start of every day, staff members like the Valley’s Cultural Programs Manager, Ka'ulameialani Diamond, perform an oli (Hawaiian protocol chant), thanking their ancestors for allowing us to use the land. Annemarie Conte, Woman's Day, "I Took My Daughter to Hawaii to Teach Her How to Be a Better Traveler," 1 Aug. 2018 Afterward, Dulce Gonzalez’s father called the Strunks into the room and gave a speech thanking them. Hannah Natanson, BostonGlobe.com, "A storm was ruining this beach wedding. Then a total stranger made the bride an offer," 12 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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thank

verb

English Language Learners Definition of thank

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

thank

verb
\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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