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Definition of thanks noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

thanks

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noun
BrE BrE//θæŋks//
 
; NAmE NAmE//θæŋks//
 
 
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  •  [plural] thanks (to somebody) (for something) words or actions that show that you are grateful to somebody for something synonym 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 Old English thancas, plural of thanc ‘(kindly) thought, gratitude’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch dank and German Dank, also to think.Extra examples 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?Idioms
    no thanks to somebody/something
     
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     despite somebody/something; with no help from somebody/something We managed to get it finished in the end—no thanks to him (= he didn't help).
    1. 1  used to show that you are very grateful to somebody for something they have done Thanks a lot for all you've done.
    2. 2  (ironic) used to show that you are annoyed that somebody has done something because it causes trouble or difficulty for you ‘I'm afraid I've finished all the milk.’ ‘Well, thanks a lot!’
    thanks to somebody/something
     
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     (sometimes ironicsometimes ironic) used to say that something has happened because of somebody/something It was all a great success—thanks to a lot of hard work. Everyone knows about it now, thanks to you!
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: thanks