thank

[ thangk ]
/ θæŋk /

verb (used with object)

to express gratitude, appreciation, or acknowledgment to: She thanked them for their hospitality.

noun

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

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

Nearby words

  1. thaneship,
  2. thanet,
  3. thanet, isle of,
  4. thangka,
  5. thanjavur,
  6. thank god,
  7. thank one's lucky stars,
  8. thank you,
  9. thank-you,
  10. thank-you-ma'am

Idioms

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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British Dictionary definitions for thanks

thanks

/ (θæŋks) /

pl n

an expression of appreciation or gratitude or an acknowledgment of services or favours given
thanks to because ofthanks to him we lost the match

interjection

informal an exclamation expressing acknowledgment, gratitude, or appreciation

thank

/ (θæŋk) /

verb (tr)

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 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
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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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