thank

verb
\ 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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In addition to their partners abroad, Snowe has Rachel's family to thank for the idea. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "Snowe’s New Linen Bedding is the Key to Sweet Dreams," 26 Feb. 2019 Just want to say thank you to Marvel, Netflix, the best Writer’s room, cast, crew, the Midnight Hour, all those who graced the stage at Harlem’s Paradise and the most incredible fan base in the world. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Another Defender bites the dust as Netflix cancels Luke Cage," 19 Oct. 2018 As always, a big thank you to our engineer Brett Fuchs. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "We Planned Your First Trip to Chicago: Travelogue Podcast," 16 Oct. 2018 On Wednesday, Rogozin thanked the cosmonauts for their hard and ultimately successful work. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Russian cosmonauts spend nearly eight hours cutting into their spacecraft," 12 Dec. 2018 After thanking her team, including founder Huber de Givenchy, the designer saved her last thanks for the Duchess of Sussex. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Calls the U.K. "My New Home" at the British Fashion Awards," 11 Dec. 2018 Yes, my coasters are very pretty, thank you for noticing! Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "If You Don’t Use A Coaster In My House, You Have To Venmo Me $5," 20 Nov. 2018 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

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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 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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