- 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 thanked
I thanked him, sat down on the sofa, and sipped it through the straw.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything
December 16, 2014
We thanked them on stage for saving our asses and supporting indie music.How Much Money Does a Band Really Make on Tour?
December 8, 2014
I thanked him and told him not to worry about himself, or us, and that I loved him.The Queer Genius of Film Director Derek Jarman
November 1, 2014
She thanked everyone for the outpouring of love and concern that had been shown toward her and Cooper.I Was There: Inside Joan Rivers’ Funeral
September 8, 2014
I thanked them for their loyalty and all the innovation and expertise they brought to the Expedition through the years.From Havana to Hero: Diana Nyad’s 35-Year Quest
September 2, 2014
He thanked them for the very kind way in which they had spoken of his companions.Explorations in Australia
I thanked her; and she withdrew to read them; saying, she would return them, when she had.
I thanked her, when she came up, for her past service to me.
She laughed her little laugh of pleasure, and thanked him prettily for the compliment.Viviette
William J. Locke
Andrew thanked him and went into the cabin to arrange for lights.Way of the Lawless
- 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 thanked
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.
Idioms and Phrases with thanked
In addition to the idioms beginning with thank
- thank God
- thank one's lucky stars
- thanks to
- give thanks for small blessings