Meaning of “thank” in the English Dictionary

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"thank" in British English

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thankverb [ T ]

uk /θæŋk/ us /θæŋk/

A2 to express to someone that you are pleased about or are grateful for something that they have done:

He thanked me for taking him home.

More examples

  • On behalf of the entire company, I would like to thank you for all your work.
  • In accepting this award, I would like to thank the producer, the director, the scriptwriter and, lastly, the film crew.
  • Finally, I'd like to thank everyone for coming this evening.
  • To my shame, I never wrote and thanked Mary for her present.
  • We thanked our hosts for the lovely evening.

(Definition of “thank” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"thank" in American English

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thankverb [ T ]

us /θæŋk/

to express appreciation to someone for something the person has done:

Don’t thank me, thank my father – he paid for it.

disapproving If you thank someone for something bad, you mean that the person is responsible for it:

You can thank John for this disaster.


(Definition of “thank” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)