\ 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

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 Duff went on to thank the photographer, makeup artist, hair stylist and everyone who helped her through the shoot. Julie Mazziotta,, 11 May 2022 The most controversial, frustrating and infuriating penalty in college football will remain in place for the foreseeable future, and the industry has the Pac-12 to thank for it — seriously. oregonlive, 10 May 2022 Either way, your body will thank you for the time spent getting your sweat on. Heath Owens, Men's Health, 9 May 2022 Spider-Man is at least partially to thank for the massive debut. Lindsey Bahr, Chicago Tribune, 8 May 2022 Spider-Man is at least partially to thank for the massive debut. Lindsey Bahr, ajc, 8 May 2022 Most importantly, the Dodgers were able to rest most of their bullpen ahead of Saturday’s nightcap — with Kershaw’s seven scoreless innings largely to thank. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 7 May 2022 Hopefully thank-yous can be much more appropriate and really fully encompass what Black mothers are accomplishing on a daily basis. Rayna Reid, Essence, 6 May 2022 Give your arches some love with these Merrell hikers…your feet will thank you. Lauren Breedlove, Travel + Leisure, 6 May 2022 See More

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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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15 May 2022

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“Thank.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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\ 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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