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Meaning of “tank” in the English Dictionary

"tank" in British English

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tanknoun [C]

uk   us   /tæŋk/
  • tank noun [C] (CONTAINER)

C2 a ​container that ​holdsliquid or ​gas: a ​water tank a ​fuel/​petrol tank

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  • tank noun [C] (VEHICLE)

C1 a ​largemilitaryfightingvehicledesigned to ​protect those inside it from ​attack, ​driven by ​wheels that ​turn inside ​movingmetalbelts

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tankverb [I]

uk   us   /tæŋk/ informal
(Definition of tank from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"tank" in American English

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tanknoun [C]

 us   /tæŋk/
  • tank noun [C] (CONTAINER)

a ​container that ​holdsliquid or ​gas: a ​water tank fuel/​gas/​oxygen tanks a ​fish tank
  • tank noun [C] (VEHICLE)

an ​enclosedmilitaryvehicle that ​travels on ​metalbeltsturned by ​wheels and is ​armed with ​largeguns
(Definition of tank from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"tank" in Business English

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tanknoun [C]

uk   us   /tæŋk/
a ​container for ​holdingliquid or ​gas: a fuel/​gas/propane tank
the ​contents of a tank, or the ​amount that it will ​hold: a tank of sth The ​car can be ​driven 500 ​miles on a ​single 10-gallon tank of ​gas.
in the tank informal US in a very ​badstate or ​situation, especially because of being too ​low in ​price, ​value, etc.: People will not ​agree to this ​sort of ​spending if the ​economy is in the tank. It is not surprising that the company's ​shares are in the tank, recently ​hitting a 52-week ​low of 15.40.
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tankverb [I]

uk   us   /tæŋk/ informal
to suddenly begin to have serious problems, especially by ​falling a lot in ​price, ​value, etc.: The ​state was expecting an ​increase in ​taxrevenues, but that was before the ​economy tanked. Car ​exports in the ​year to April tanked 23%.
(Definition of tank from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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