\ 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 Harry Styles paused his performance in Manchester, England on Thursday to thank an early mentor. Stephanie Wenger,, 17 June 2022 The society wants to thank everyone for their interest in the historic program. Sam Boyer, cleveland, 17 June 2022 Class President Sonali Patel delivered many thank yous and reminisced about the Class of 2022′s senior year. Steve Smith, Hartford Courant, 16 June 2022 In other words, model those pleases and thank yous. USA Today, 15 June 2022 Corsets, crop tops, and belly chains all deserve their due, but thank our fashion overlords that the models still love their suits. Lauren Puckett-pope, ELLE, 14 June 2022 And in the big production number, DeBose, took another moment, while being hoisted into the air, to thank the swings. New York Times, 13 June 2022 Pompano Beach Mayor Rex Hardin and numerous city commissioners joined Black on stage during the festival to thank him for putting on the event. Wells Dusenbury, Sun Sentinel, 12 June 2022 The best way to thank them is to do so in person, through a live performance. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 June 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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20 Jun 2022

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“Thank.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 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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