- to express gratitude, appreciation, or acknowledgment to: She thanked them for their hospitality.
- Usually thanks. a grateful feeling or acknowledgment of a benefit, favor, or the like, expressed by words or otherwise: to return a borrowed book with thanks.
- thanks, (used as an informal expression of gratitude, appreciation, or acknowledgment).
- have oneself to thank, to be personally to blame; have the responsibility: The citizens have only themselves to thank for corruption in government.
- no thanks to, (used to express annoyance) not owing to: I caught my flight after all, no thanks to you.
- thank God, (used as an interjection to express relief, thankfulness, etc.)Also thank goodness, thank heaven.
- thanks to, (used to express gratitude or blame) because of; owing to: Thanks to good organization and hard work, the benefit concert was a great success. The case went poorly thanks to the lawyer's incompetence.
- thank you, (used as an interjection to express gratitude, appreciation, or acknowledgment, as for a gift, favor, service, or courtesy).
Origin of thank
Examples from the Web for thanks
Thanks to that meddling Franklin and the other editors, Jefferson thought his Declaration had been “mangled.”Forget the Resolutions; Try a Few Declarations
January 1, 2015
“They basically said thanks a lot and shook our hands and took off,” Stammberger said.FBI Won’t Stop Blaming North Korea for Sony Hack -- Despite New Evidence
December 30, 2014
And, thanks to a transparent hull, exploring the deep and spotting rare marine life is practically a cinch.The Most Exciting New Hotels, Restaurants, and Submarines of 2014
December 29, 2014
Thanks to the Atlanta case, they can now see another in plain sight.A Gift to the Jihadis: The Unseen Airport Security Threat
December 27, 2014
Thanks to decades of social-science research, we know more about how to help struggling Americans than ever before.Can the U.S. Government Go Moneyball?
Peter Orszag, Jim Nussle
December 23, 2014
Thank you, Robert; I will accept your gift with thanks on one condition.Brave and Bold
They were as yet quite ignorant but thanks to a happy Fate they were curious.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
All have done their duty well, and to them also I desire to render my thanks.Explorations in Australia
She says very little in the way of thanks, except to the Giver of all good.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
Her heart ascended on a wave of thanks to the giver of song.Weighed and Wanting
- an expression of appreciation or gratitude or an acknowledgment of services or favours given
- thanks to because ofthanks to him we lost the match
- informal an exclamation expressing acknowledgment, gratitude, or appreciation
- to convey feelings of gratitude to
- to hold responsiblehe has his creditors to thank for his bankruptcy
- used in exclamations of reliefthank goodness; thank God
- I'll thank you to used ironically to intensify a command, request, etcI'll thank you to mind your own business
Word Origin and History for thanks
mid-14c., from thank (v.).
Old English þancian "to give thanks," from Proto-Germanic *thankojan (cf. Old Saxon thancon, Old Norse þakka, Danish takke, Old Frisian thankia, Middle Dutch, German danken "to thank"), from *thankoz "thought, gratitude," from PIE root *tong- "to think, feel." For sense evolution, cf. related Old English noun þanc, þonc, originally "thought," but by c.1000 "good thoughts, gratitude." The whole group is from the same root as think (q.v.). In ironical use, "to blame," from 1550s. To thank (someone) for nothing is recorded from 1703. Related: Thanked; thanking.