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tank

noun [C] uk   /tæŋk/ us  

tank noun [C] (CONTAINER)

C2 a container that holds liquid or gas: a water tank a fuel/petrol tankContainers for liquids and gases

tank noun [C] (VEHICLE)

C1 a large military fighting vehicle designed to protect those inside it from attack, driven by wheels that turn inside moving metal beltsArmy and military vehicles

tank noun [C] (POOL)

Indian English an artificial pool or lake, especially a lake for supplying water to an area

tank

verb [I] uk   /tæŋk/ informal us  
to go down in price, value, etc., or to become less successful: The state was expecting an increase in tax revenues, but that was before the economy tanked. Car exports in the year to April tanked 23 percent.Becoming and making smaller or lessBecoming and making less strong
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