from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To express gratitude to; give thanks to: He thanked her for the gift.
  • transitive v. To hold responsible; credit: We can thank the parade for this traffic jam.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An expression of appreciation; a thought.
  • v. To express gratitude or appreciation to someone.
  • v. Credit or hold something responsible.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • transitive v. To express gratitude to (anyone) for a favor; to make acknowledgments to (anyone) for kindness bestowed; -- used also ironically for blame.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To express gratitude to, as for a favor or benefit conferred; make acknowledgments to, as of good will or service due for kindness bestowed.
  • To give thanks.
  • n. Grateful thought; gratitude; good will.
  • n. Expression of gratitude; utterance of a sense of kindness received; acknowledgment by words or signs of a benefit or favor conferred: now used almost exclusively in the plural.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. express gratitude or show appreciation to


Middle English thanken, from Old English thancian; see tong- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English þanc, from Proto-Germanic *þankaz. Compare Dutch dank, German Dank. (Wiktionary)
From Old English þancian, from Proto-Germanic *þankōnan. Compare Dutch and German danken. (Wiktionary)



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  • THANK - (verb) - Ability to cognitively process.
    Usage: "Ah thank ah'll have a bare."

    April 8, 2008