- 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 thanking
On Nov. 1, when Brittany ends her short but productive life, I will be thanking God for her remarkable and courageous example.On Her Own Terms: Why Brittany Maynard Has Chosen to Die
October 12, 2014
You were just thanking your husband in a speech, and suddenly it became headline news.Matt Bomer Tells the Personal Story Behind His Heartbreaking ‘Normal Heart’ Performance
May 21, 2014
The signed letter that Winnie got in return, thanking her for the present, was passed around the family with astonished reverence.Prince George and the New Royal Baby Rules
April 10, 2014
Tommy Defendi accepts his Hookie for Best Porn Star Escort, thanking his clients: “You made me the hooker I am today!”And The Escort of The Year Is… Backstage at The Sex Oscars
March 24, 2014
Even the president offered his support, thanking Sam for “leading the way.”How Howard Bragman Orchestrated Michael Sam’s Coming Out
March 12, 2014
"Do not put yourselves to the trouble of thanking me," said the wise king.Tanglewood Tales
But instead of thanking Tom, Giant Blubb rushed at him again.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
So with praying to and thanking God, do you call that serving God?A Dish Of Orts
She understood that he was thanking her for having said she loved him.Father Sergius
His manner of thanking me seemed to imply that we had conferred a favor.Kent Knowles: Quahaug
Joseph C. Lincoln
- 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 thanking
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.