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Definition of thank verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

thank

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//θæŋk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//θæŋk//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they thank
BrE BrE//θæŋk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//θæŋk//
 
he / she / it thanks
BrE BrE//θæŋks//
 
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past simple thanked
BrE BrE//θæŋkt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//θæŋkt//
 
past participle thanked
BrE BrE//θæŋkt//
 
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-ing form thanking
BrE BrE//ˈθæŋkɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈθæŋkɪŋ//
 
 
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  • to tell somebody that you are grateful for something thank somebody for something I must write and thank Mary for the present. In his speech, he thanked everyone for all their hard work. thank somebody for doing something She said goodbye and thanked us for coming. thank somebody There's no need to thank me—I enjoyed doing it. Express YourselfThanking somebody for somethingWhen someone gives you something, or does something for you, you often want to say more than just a brief ‘thank you’: Thank you very much. It's very kind of you./You really shouldn't have. Thank you so much for coming. It was really nice to see you. I'm very grateful. I do appreciate your help.Responses: That's all right. Don't mention it. No problem. My pleasure. I'm glad I could help.
  • Word Origin Old English thancian, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German danken; compare with thanks.Extra examples I haven’t thanked Bill for his present yet. I wanted to thank him personally. I would like to thank you all most sincerely.Idioms
    have somebody to thank (for something)
     
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    used when you are saying who is responsible for something I have my parents to thank for my success.
    I’ll thank you for something/to do something
     
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    (formal) used to tell somebody that you are annoyed and do not want them to do something I'll thank you to mind your own business.
    thank God/goodness/heaven(s) (for something)
     
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     used to say that you are pleased about something Thank God you're safe! ‘Thank goodness for that!’ she said with a sigh of relief. Thanks heavens I’ve found my keys. Some people find the phrase thank God offensive.
    to feel very grateful and lucky about something Just thank your lucky stars you weren’t in the house at the time.
    somebody won’t thank you for something
     
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    used to say that somebody will not be pleased or will be annoyed about something John won't thank you for interfering.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: thank