thanks

noun
1. an acknowledgment of appreciation (Freq. 7)
Hypernyms: ↑acknowledgment, ↑acknowledgement
Hyponyms: ↑appreciation, ↑thank you, ↑bow, ↑curtain call
2. with the help of or owing to (Freq. 2)
-

thanks to hard work it was a great success

Hypernyms: ↑aid, ↑assist, ↑assistance, ↑help

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[THangks]
plural n. an expression of gratitude

festivals were held to give thanks for the harvest | a letter of thanks

a feeling of gratitude

they expressed their thanks and wished her well

another way of saying thank you

thanks for being so helpful | many thanks

Origin:
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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/ˈθæŋks/ noun [plural]
1 : a good feeling that you have towards someone who has helped you, given something to you, etc.

I brought you a gift as a way of showing my thanks for all you've done.

I want express my thanks [=gratitude] (to you) for your kindness and generosity.

2 : something done or said to express thanks

A simple bouquet of flowers can be a nice way to say thanks.

We should give thanks (to God) for all the good things in our lives.

3
— used as a less formal way to say “thank you”

“Here's your change.” “Thanks.” “You're welcome.”

Thanks! I appreciate it.

“How's your mother doing?” “She's doing well, thanks.” [=thank you for asking]

— often + for

Thanks for coming.

Thanks so much for your kind letter. = Many thanks for the kind letter.

4
— used like “thank you” as a polite way of accepting or refusing an offer

“Do you want another one?” “Thanks.” [=yes, please]

“Do you want another one?” “Yes, thanks.” [=yes, please]

“Do you want another one?” “No, thanks.”

“Can I help you find something?” “No thanks, I'm just looking.”

“Would you like a ride?” “Thanks, but no thanks. I'll walk.”

: without the help of (someone or something) : despite (someone or something)

The vote passed, no thanks to the mayor. [=the vote passed even though the mayor did not help or want it to pass]

thanks a bunch/lot/million
informal : thank you very much

Wow, this is great! Thanks a million!

— often used in an ironic way to say that you are not pleased that someone has done or said something

“I'm boring? Thanks a lot!”

Thanks a million for leaving the door open. There are flies everywhere now.

: with the help of (someone or something) : because of (someone or something)

I'm a lot happier these days thanks to my new girlfriend.

Thanks to a new technique, patients typically recover from the surgery in only a few days.

— often used in an ironic way

Thanks to you we have to do the whole thing over again.

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thanks exclamation, noun [θæŋks] [θæŋks]
see also thank you
1. used to show that you are grateful to sb for sth they have done

\thanks (for doing sth)

Thanks for lending me the money.

\thanks (for sth) Many thanks

for your support.

‘How are you?’ ‘Fine, thanks

(= thanks for asking)

.’

2. a polite way of accepting sth that sb has offered you

‘Would you like a coffee?’ ‘Oh, thanks.’

‘Here's the change.’ ‘

Thanks very much

.’

‘Do you want to come with us?’ ‘I'd love to, thanks.’

3. no thanks a polite way of refusing sth that sb has offered you

‘Would you like some more?’ ‘No thanks.’

 
Word Origin:
Old English thancas, plural of thanc ‘(kindly) thought, gratitude’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch dank and German Dank, also to think.
noun plural \thanks (to sb) (for sth)
words or actions that show that you are grateful to sb for sth
Syn: gratitude

How can I ever express my thanks to you for all you've done?

Thanks are due to all those who worked so hard for so many months.

She murmured her thanks.

We gave thanks to God for all our blessings.

see also vote of thanks
 
Word Origin:
[thanks] Old English thancas, plural of thanc ‘(kindly) thought, gratitude’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch dank and German Dank, also to think.  
Example Bank:

He gave thanks to God for the safe return of his son.

He got a bottle of whisky in thanks for his cooperation.

I owe you my thanks.

I said thanks and put the phone down.

I'd like to say a word of thanks to our hosts.

Many thanks for the flowers.

Please accept my personal thanks.

She smiled her thanks as the car drove off.

Special thanks to all of you who supported our fund-raising campaign.

Thanks go to Claire Potter for making the hall available to us.

The chairperson proposed a vote of thanks to the volunteers.

Their generosity deserves our grateful thanks.

We were all pulled out alive, thanks be to God.

We would like to express our warmest thanks for all you've done.

You'll get little thanks from him for all your trouble.

How can I ever express my thanks to you for all you've done?

 

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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