Definition of thank in English:

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Pronunciation: /θaŋk/


[with object]
1Express gratitude to (someone), especially by saying ‘Thank you’: Mac thanked her for the meal and left
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  • I could bore you all by thanking the little people who helped me to where I am today.
  • By thanking people you are building good will and empathy with their support.
  • This man got up and read a little piece thanking the people of Ireland for their generosity.
express (one's) gratitude to, express one's thanks to, offer/extend thanks to, say thank you to, show appreciation to
1.1Used ironically to assign blame or responsibility for something: you have only yourself to thank for the plight you are in
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  • So we get a way to accept inevitable death, some good social rules and someone to thank or blame for it all.
blame, hold responsible



I will thank you to do something

Used to make a request conveying reproach or annoyance: I’ll thank you not to interrupt me again
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  • ‘No ‘buts,’ sir, and I will thank you to leave now.’
  • If [a trader should] take the bill to the banker's, at whose house it is made payable, and say, ‘Gentlemen, I will thank you to inform me if the accepter of this bill be a respectable man - May I safely give goods or money in exchange for it?’
  • I am your Supreme Commander for this operation, and I will thank you to remember it.

thank goodness (or God or heavens)

Used as an expression of relief: thank goodness no one was badly injured
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  • Thank goodness for a free press; and thank goodness for our imperfect system of Democracy.
  • Gasping with relief I say, It could have broken but thank goodness it did not.
  • The station survived just fine, thank heavens.

thank one's lucky stars

Feel grateful for one’s good fortune.
Example sentences
  • Mellisa thanks her lucky stars for having attended St Joseph's Convent where the many extra-curricular activities - drama, singing, elocution, poetry - helped tremendously in developing her talent.
  • Bullock thanks her lucky stars that she had been working for a number of years before hitting the Hollywood jackpot.
  • A family from Burbage, near Marlborough, are thanking their lucky stars that a meteorological ‘kink’ spared their new holiday home in Florida from the ravages of the recent Hurricane Charley.


Old English thancian, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German danken; compare with thanks.

Words that rhyme with thank

ankh, bank, blank, clank, crank, dank, drank, embank, flank, franc, frank, hank, lank, outflank, outrank, Planck, plank, point-blank, prank, rank, sank, shank, shrank, spank, stank, swank, tank, yank

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