tank Definition

  • 1a large container for storing liquid or gas
  • 2an armored fighting vehicle designed for front-line combat and armed with heavy firepower
  • 3to fail completely, especially at great financial cost

Using tank: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "tank" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The fish tank needs to be cleaned.

  • Example

    The gas tank is almost empty.

  • Example

    The army sent tanks to the front lines.

  • Example

    The company's new product was a total tank.

  • Example

    The movie tanked at the box office.

tank Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for tank

Idioms Using tank

  • to fail or be ruined


    The company's profits went down the tank after the CEO resigned.

  • in a state of decline or failure


    The team's season is in the tank after losing their star player to injury.

  • empty the tank

    to give all of one's effort or energy


    The athlete emptied the tank in the final stretch of the race and won by a nose.

Phrases with tank

  • a group of experts who provide advice and ideas on political, social, or economic issues


    The government commissioned a think tank to study the impact of climate change on the economy.

  • an underground tank where sewage is collected and allowed to decompose through bacterial activity before draining by means of a septic system


    The septic tank needs to be pumped out every few years.

  • a glass or plastic container used for keeping fish as pets


    The fish tank needs to be cleaned regularly to keep the fish healthy.


Summary: tank in Brief

The term 'tank' [tæŋk] has multiple meanings. It can refer to a large container for storing liquid or gas, such as a fish tank or gas tank. It can also refer to an armored fighting vehicle used in combat. Additionally, it can mean to fail completely, as in 'The company's new product was a total tank.' Other idiomatic expressions include 'go down the tank,' meaning to fail or be ruined, and 'empty the tank,' meaning to give all of one's effort or energy.

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