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

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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