tr.v. thanked, thank·ing, thanks
1. To express gratitude to; give thanks to: He thanked her for the gift.
2. To hold responsible; credit: We can thank the parade for this traffic jam.
3. Used ironically in the future tense to express a rebuke: I'll thank you to keep quiet until the presentation is finished.
[Middle English thanken, from Old English thancian; see tong- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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