thank

[thangk]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to express gratitude, appreciation, or acknowledgment to: She thanked them for their hospitality.
noun
  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.
interjection
  1. thanks, (used as an informal expression of gratitude, appreciation, or acknowledgment).
Idioms
  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.
  3. thank God, (used as an interjection to express relief, thankfulness, etc.)Also thank goodness, thank heaven.
  4. 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.
  5. thank you, (used as an interjection to express gratitude, appreciation, or acknowledgment, as for a gift, favor, service, or courtesy).

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
Related formsthank·er, nounre·thank, verb (used with object)un·thanked, adjectiveun·thank·ing, adjective
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Examples from the Web for thanks

Contemporary Examples of thanks

Historical Examples of thanks

  • Thank you, Robert; I will accept your gift with thanks on one condition.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • They were as yet quite ignorant but thanks to a happy Fate they were curious.

    Ancient Man

    Hendrik Willem van Loon

  • All have done their duty well, and to them also I desire to render my thanks.

  • She says very little in the way of thanks, except to the Giver of all good.

  • Her heart ascended on a wave of thanks to the giver of song.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald


British Dictionary definitions for thanks

thanks

pl n
  1. an expression of appreciation or gratitude or an acknowledgment of services or favours given
  2. thanks to because ofthanks to him we lost the match
interjection
  1. informal an exclamation expressing acknowledgment, gratitude, or appreciation

thank

verb (tr)
  1. to convey feelings of gratitude to
  2. to hold responsiblehe has his creditors to thank for his bankruptcy
  3. used in exclamations of reliefthank goodness; thank God
  4. I'll thank you to used ironically to intensify a command, request, etcI'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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Word Origin and History for thanks
n.

mid-14c., from thank (v.).

thank

v.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with thanks

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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