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thanks Line breaks: thanks
Pronunciation: /θaŋks/

Definition of thanks in English:

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.


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


no thanks to

Used to convey 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
British informal ta

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, by reason of, as a consequence of, in consequence of, on account of, by virtue of, by dint of

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