- 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).
- have oneself to thank, to be personally to blame; have the responsibility: The citizens have only themselves to thank for corruption in government.
- no thanks to, (used to express annoyance) not owing to: I caught my flight after all, no thanks to you.
- thank God, (used as an interjection to express relief, thankfulness, etc.)Also thank goodness, thank heaven.
- thanks to, (used to express gratitude or blame) because of; owing to: Thanks to good organization and hard work, the benefit concert was a great success. The case went poorly thanks to the lawyer's incompetence.
- thank you, (used as an interjection to express gratitude, appreciation, or acknowledgment, as for a gift, favor, service, or courtesy).
Origin of thank
Examples from the Web for thank
Heinold's First and Last Chance, Oakland (Jack London, Taft) You can thank Johnny Heinold for your favorite Jack London book.The Bars That Made America Great
December 28, 2014
Then the sun went down and the anger came back as a “Thank You NYPD” rally traded insults with counter-protestors.NYC’s Garner Protesters vs. Pro-Cop Protesters
December 20, 2014
Enforcement of U.S Code, Title VII, Chapter 25A “Export Standards for Grapes and Plums” remains fully funded, thank goodness.Congress’ Gift That Keeps on Giving
P. J. O’Rourke
December 20, 2014
“I want to thank support from the Vatican, especially Pope Francis,” he said in a televised statement.The Pope's Diplomatic Miracle: Ending the U.S.-Cuba Cold War
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 17, 2014
However you decide to vote in the end, I thank those who continue to give us leverage to improve the bill.Nancy Pelosi Plays Hardball On Cromnibus
December 11, 2014
Thank you for the compliment, but I don't expect to stick to it all my life.
Thank you, Robert; I will accept your gift with thanks on one condition.
Nevertheless, I have many things to thank him for, and therefore he deserves praise.Explorations in Australia
I am bound for my quarters, I came but to thank you for your goodness to me, and to bid you farewell.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
But if I were to be contumacious, I might thank myself for all that would follow.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
- to convey feelings of gratitude to
- to hold responsiblehe has his creditors to thank for his bankruptcy
- used in exclamations of reliefthank goodness; thank God
- I'll thank you to used ironically to intensify a command, request, etcI'll thank you to mind your own business
Word Origin and History for thank
Old English þancian "to give thanks," from Proto-Germanic *thankojan (cf. Old Saxon thancon, Old Norse þakka, Danish takke, Old Frisian thankia, Middle Dutch, German danken "to thank"), from *thankoz "thought, gratitude," from PIE root *tong- "to think, feel." For sense evolution, cf. related Old English noun þanc, þonc, originally "thought," but by c.1000 "good thoughts, gratitude." The whole group is from the same root as think (q.v.). In ironical use, "to blame," from 1550s. To thank (someone) for nothing is recorded from 1703. Related: Thanked; thanking.