Definition of thanks in English:

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Pronunciation: /THaNGks/

plural noun

1An expression of gratitude: festivals were held to give thanks for the harvest a letter of thanks
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  • It came back on about half an hour earlier than predicted, so I suppose I can give thanks for that.
  • All were there to give thanks for their survival and to pay tribute to those who never returned from the beaches.
  • Hundreds turned out to pay tribute to a beloved former headteacher at a memorial service to give thanks for her life.
1.1 another way of saying thank you. thanks for being so helpful many thanks
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  • So, even though I don't think the photos are that good, thanks for the compliments!
  • Many thanks for the kind comments in the guestbook and also by email.
  • There are far too many people in the band to answer that but thanks for asking.



no thanks to

Used to imply that someone has failed to contribute to, or has hindered, a successful outcome: we’ve won, but no thanks to you
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  • It was no thanks to your driving that only you got hurt.
  • She is doing fine now, thank God, but it's no thanks to the lack of facilities for transport and radiotherapy.
  • It's a miracle we've escaped another hit, and it's no thanks to anything these clowns have done.

thanks a million

informal Thank you very much.
Example sentences
  • Incidentally, thanks a million to my contributors, whoever you are.
  • I would just like to finish by saying thanks a million to all the staff; they are a credit to the Royal Bolton Hospital and to the town of Bolton and surrounding areas.
  • Anyhow, thanks a million for the comments left on my blog about getting well soon!
thank you, many thanks, thanks very much, thanks a lot, thank you kindly, much obliged, much appreciated, bless you
informal thanks a million

thanks to

As a result of; due to: it’s thanks to you that he’s in this mess
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  • Do you think that thanks to my confusion over this unsolicited piece of email I am now a marked man?
  • It was very painful when I first did it, but it's a lot easier now thanks to the painkillers.
  • I ended up walking about a mile out of my way, thanks to following the instructions given.
as a result of, owing to, due to, because of, through, as a consequence of, on account of, by virtue of, by dint of, by reason of


Old English thancas, plural of thanc '(kindly) thought, gratitude', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch dank and German Dank, also to think.

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