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verb (used with object)
  1. to express gratitude, appreciation, or acknowledgment to: She thanked them for their hospitality.

  1. 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.

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

Idioms about thank

  1. have oneself to thank, to be personally to blame; have the responsibility: The citizens have only themselves to thank for corruption in government.

  2. no thanks to, (used to express annoyance) not owing to: I caught my flight after all, no thanks to you.

  1. thank God, (used as an interjection to express relief, thankfulness, etc.): Also thank goodness, thank heaven .

  2. 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.

  3. thank you, (used as an interjection to express gratitude, appreciation, or acknowledgment, as for a gift, favor, service, or courtesy).

Origin of thank

First recorded before 900; Middle English (noun) “favorable thought, goodwill, gratitude,” (in singular and plural) expression of thanks; Old English thanc (in singular) expression of thanks, originally, “thought, thoughtfulness”; akin to think1

Other words from thank

  • thanker, noun
  • re·thank, verb (used with object)
  • un·thanked, adjective
  • un·thank·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use thank in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for thank


/ (θæŋk) /

  1. to convey feelings of gratitude to

  2. to hold responsible: he has his creditors to thank for his bankruptcy

  1. used in exclamations of relief: thank goodness; thank God

  2. I'll thank you to used ironically to intensify a command, request, etc: I'll thank you to mind your own business

Origin of thank

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

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Other Idioms and Phrases with thank


In addition to the idioms beginning with thank

  • thank God
  • thank one's lucky stars
  • thanks to

also see:

  • give thanks for small blessings

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