plural noun
\ ˈthaŋ(k)s How to pronounce thanks (audio) \

Definition of thanks

1 : kindly or grateful thoughts : gratitude
2 : an expression of gratitude return thanks before the meal often used in an utterance containing no verb and serving as a courteous and somewhat informal expression of gratitude many thanks

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Examples of thanks in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The replacement theory once espoused by just far-right White extremists has gained attention in recent years thanks, in part, to Carlson promoting it to millions of viewers. Timothy Bella, Washington Post, 16 May 2022 The Wolves got a run back in the third and then took the lead in the sixth thanks largely to some shaky Duchesne fielding and singles from Madeline Grob and Treshor Phelps. The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 May 2022 That follows the success of other big chains, which have fared a lot better than small restaurants and independents, thanks in large part to easier access to cash and the ability to lean on parent companies to lead the way on strategic shifts. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, 14 May 2022 Even with struggles, Moeller sits on a 17-6 record and a top state rank, thanks in part to Will Patterson and Nate Renneker who both returned as players with playing time from last season. Alex Harrison, The Enquirer, 14 May 2022 But thanks in large part to their ability to introduce al fresco dining that spring, what seemed an insurmountable task — keeping a fledgling business afloat amid COVID restrictions — became a manageable one. John Laidler,, 12 May 2022 Since then, the pace of achievements in the field of brain-computer interfaces has increased greatly, thanks in part to the rapid development of artificial intelligence. New York Times, 12 May 2022 States’ finances proved more stable than some in Washington had anticipated, thanks in part to a historic burst of roughly $6 trillion in total stimulus spending. Tony Romm, Anchorage Daily News, 6 May 2022 Pham went to elementary school and learned English, thanks in large part to movies and cartoons. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, 6 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of thanks

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for thanks

plural of Middle English thank, from Old English thanc thought, gratitude; akin to Old High German dank gratitude, Latin tongēre to know

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19 May 2022

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“Thanks.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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noun plural
\ ˈthaŋks How to pronounce thanks (audio) \

Kids Definition of thanks

1 : gratitude Please express my thanks to her.
2 : an expression of gratitude (as for something received) We said thanks before eating.
thanks to
1 : with the help of I'll be able to attend college thanks to Mom and Dad.
2 : because of … she moved … even faster than he thanks to her long hind legs.— Lloyd Alexander, Time Cat

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