American English

Definition of thank verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they thank
he / she / it thanks
past simple thanked
-ing form thanking
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  •  to tell someone 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.
  • 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 (formal)
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    used to tell someone 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.
    thank your lucky stars
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    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 someone will not be pleased or will be annoyed about something John won't thank you for interfering.
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: thank