[ thangk ]
/ θæŋk /

verb (used with object)

to express gratitude, appreciation, or acknowledgment to: She thanked them for their hospitality.


Usually thanks. a grateful feeling or acknowledgment of a benefit, favor, or the like, expressed by words or otherwise: to return a borrowed book with thanks.


thanks, (used as an informal expression of gratitude, appreciation, or acknowledgment).

Idioms for thank

Origin of thank

before 900; (noun) Middle English: favorable thought, goodwill, gratitude, (in singular and plural) expression of thanks; Old English thanc (in singular) expression of thanks, orig., thought, thoughtfulness; (v.) Middle English thanken, Old English thancian (cognate with Dutch, German danken); akin to think1


thank·er, noun re·thank, verb (used with object) un·thanked, adjective un·thank·ing, adjective

Example sentences from the Web for thanks

British Dictionary definitions for thanks (1 of 2)

/ (θæŋks) /

pl n

an expression of appreciation or gratitude or an acknowledgment of services or favours given
thanks to because of thanks to him we lost the match


informal an exclamation expressing acknowledgment, gratitude, or appreciation

British Dictionary definitions for thanks (2 of 2)

/ (θæŋk) /

verb (tr)

to convey feelings of gratitude to
to hold responsible he has his creditors to thank for his bankruptcy
used in exclamations of relief thank goodness; thank God
I'll thank you to used ironically to intensify a command, request, etc I'll thank you to mind your own business

Word Origin for thank

Old English thancian; related to Old Frisian thankia, Old Norse thakka, Old Saxon, Old High German thancōn

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