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American English: /θæŋk/
British English: /θaŋk/

transitive verb

  • 1.1 (demonstrate gratitude to) See examples:to thank somebody (for something)
    darle las gracias a alguien (por algo)
    agradecerle (algo) a alguien
    he didn't even thank me
    ni (siquiera) me dio las gracias or me (lo) agradeció
    how can I ever thank you?
    ¿cómo podré agradecértelo?
    I must thank him!
    tengo que darle las gracias or agradecérselo
    please thank your parents for me
    dales las gracias a tus padres de mi parte
    I can't thank you enough for what you did
    nunca podré agradecerte bastante lo que hiciste
    we thanked her for helping us
    le dimos las gracias por habernos ayudado
    le agradecimos que nos hubiera ayudado
    he won't thank you for the advice
    no te va a agradecer el consejo
    I'll thank you not to meddle in my affairs!
    te agradecería que no te metieras en mis asuntos
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    1.2 (hold responsible) See examples: you can thank the government/weather for it
    la culpa la tiene el gobierno/tiempo
    she's got her father to thank for her hang-ups
    los complejos que tiene se los debe a su padre
    you've only yourself to thank
    la culpa solo la tienes tú
    1.3 (in interjectional phrases) thank God I've finished
    menos mal or gracias a Dios que ya he terminado
    thank heavens you're all right
    menos mal or gracias a Dios que no te ha pasado nada
    thank goodness you came
    menos mal que viniste
    thank God for that
    gracias a Dios
    see also thank you

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