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Thank definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

THANK, v.t.
1. To express gratitude for a favor; to make acknowledgments to one for kindness bestowed.
We are bound to thank God always for you. 2 Th 1.
Joab bowed himself and thanked the king. 1 Samuel 14.
2. It is used ironically.
Weigh the danger with the doubtful bliss,
And thank yourself, if aught should fall amiss.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: express gratitude or show appreciation to [syn: thank, give thanks]

Merriam Webster's

transitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from Old English thancian; akin to Old English thanc gratitude more at thanks Date: before 12th century 1. to express gratitude to <thanked her for the present> used in the phrase thank you usually without a subject to politely express gratitude <thank you for your consideration> or sometimes to emphasize a preceding statement especially by implying that it is not subject to question <likes her job just fine, thank you> used in such phrases as thank God, thank goodness usually without a subject to express gratitude or more often only the speaker's or writer's pleasure or satisfaction in something 2. to hold responsible <had only himself to thank for his loss> thanker noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v. & n. --v.tr. 1 express gratitude to (thanked him for the present). 2 hold responsible (you can thank yourself for that). --n. (in pl.) 1 gratitude (expressed his heartfelt thanks). 2 an expression of gratitude (give thanks to Heaven). 3 (as a formula) thank you (thanks for your help; thanks very much). Phrases and idioms: give thanks say grace at a meal. I will thank you a polite formula, now usu. iron. implying reproach (I will thank you to go away). no (or small) thanks to despite. thank goodness (or God or heavens etc.) 1 colloq. an expression of relief or pleasure. 2 an expression of pious gratitude. thank-offering an offering made as an act of thanksgiving. thanks to as the (good or bad) result of (thanks to my foresight; thanks to your obstinacy). thank you a polite formula acknowledging a gift or service or an offer accepted or refused. thank-you n. colloq. an instance of expressing thanks. Etymology: OE thancian, thanc f. Gmc, rel. to THINK

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Thank Thank (th[a^][-n]k), n.; pl. Thanks. [AS. [thorn]anc, [thorn]onc, thanks, favor, thought; akin to OS. thank favor, pleasure, thanks, D. & G. dank thanks, Icel. [thorn]["o]kk, Dan. tak, Sw. tack, Goth. [thorn]agks thanks; -- originally, a thought, a thinking. See Think.] A expression of gratitude; an acknowledgment expressive of a sense of favor or kindness received; obligation, claim, or desert, or gratitude; -- now generally used in the plural. ``This ceremonial thanks.'' --Massinger. If ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same. --Luke vi. 33. What great thank, then, if any man, reputed wise and constant, will neither do, nor permit others under his charge to do, that which he approves not, especially in matter of sin? --Milton. Thanks, thanks to thee, most worthy friend, For the lesson thou hast taught. --Longfellow. His thanks, Her thanks, etc., of his or her own accord; with his or her good will; voluntary. [Obs.] Full sooth is said that love ne lordship, Will not, his thanks, have no fellowship. --Chaucer. In thank, with thanks or thankfulness. [Obs.] Thank offering, an offering made as an expression of thanks.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Thank Thank, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Thanked; p. pr. & vb. n. Thanking.] [AS. [thorn]ancian. See Thank, n.] To express gratitude to (anyone) for a favor; to make acknowledgments to (anyone) for kindness bestowed; -- used also ironically for blame. ``Graunt mercy, lord, that thank I you,'' quod she. --Chaucer. I thank thee for thine honest care. --Shak. Weigh the danger with the doubtful bliss, And thank yourself if aught should fall amiss. --Dryden.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(thanks, thanking, thanked) Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English. 1. You use thank you or, in more informal English, thanks to express your gratitude when someone does something for you or gives you what you want. Thank you very much for your call... Thanks for the information... Thanks a lot, Suzie. You've been great. CONVENTION [formulae] 2. You use thank you or, in more informal English, thanks to politely accept or refuse something that has just been offered to you. 'You'd like a cup as well, would you, Mr Secombe?''Thank you, Jane, I'd love one.'... 'Would you like a cigarette?''No thank you.'... CONVENTION [formulae] 3. You use thank you or, in more informal English, thanks to politely acknowledge what someone has said to you, especially when they have answered your question or said something nice to you. The policeman smiled at her. 'Pretty dog.''Oh well, thank you.'... 'It's great to see you.''Thanks. Same to you.' CONVENTION [formulae] 4. You use thank you or thank you very much in order to say firmly that you do not want someone's help or to tell them that you do not like the way that they are behaving towards you. I can stir my own tea, thank you... We know where we can get it, thank you very much. CONVENTION [emphasis] 5. When you thank someone for something, you express your gratitude to them for it. I thanked them for their long and loyal service... When the decision was read out Mrs Gardner thanked the judges. VERB: V n for n, V n 6. When you express your thanks to someone, you express your gratitude to them for something. They accepted their certificates with words of thanks. N-PLURAL 7. see also thankyou 8. You say 'Thank God', 'Thank Goodness', or 'Thank heavens' when you are very relieved about something. I was wrong, thank God... Thank heavens we have you here. PHRASE: oft PHR with cl, PHR that [feelings] 9. If you say that you have someone to thank for something, you mean that you are grateful to them because they caused it to happen. I have her to thank for my life... PHRASE: V inflects, oft PHR for n 10. If you say that something happens thanks to a particular person or thing, you mean that they are responsible for it happening or caused it to happen. It is thanks to this committee that many new sponsors have come forward... PHRASE: PHR n, usu PHR with cl, v-link PHR, PHR after v 11. If you say that something happens no thanks to a particular person or thing, you mean that they did not help it to happen, or that it happened in spite of them. It is no thanks to the Government that net assets did rise. PHRASE: PHR n, usu PHR with cl, v-link PHR

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

v. a. Return thanks to, make acknowledgments to, express gratitude.

Moby Thesaurus

acknowledge, appreciation, because of, blame, bless, by reason of, credit, due to, give credit, give thanks, gratefulness, gratitude, make acknowledgments of, offer thanks, owing to, recognition, recognize, render credit, render thanks, return thanks, thanks, thanks to, thanksgiving, through

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