[ thangk ]
/ θæŋk /
verb (used with object)
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
before 900; (noun) Middle English: favorable thought, goodwill, gratitude, (in singular and plural) expression of thanks; Old English thanc (in singular) expression of thanks, orig., thought, thoughtfulness; (v.) Middle English thanken, Old English thancian (cognate with Dutch, German danken); akin to think1
Related formsthank·er, nounre·thank, verb (used with object)un·thanked, adjectiveun·thank·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for no thanks to
/ (θæŋk) /
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 for thank
Old English thancian; related to Old Frisian thankia, Old Norse thakka, Old Saxon, Old High German thancōn
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Idioms and Phrases with no thanks to (1 of 2)
no thanks to
see thanks to.
Idioms and Phrases with no thanks to (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with thank
- thank God
- thank one's lucky stars
- thanks to
- give thanks for small blessings
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