Thanks means gratitude or recognition in response to someone acting in a kind or generous way. If your favorite teacher retires, you might throw a big party for her as a way of giving thanks.

Thanks is also common shorthand for "thank you," so you can say, "Thanks for helping me shovel snow this morning" or "No thanks, I'm not a fan of fudge." You may hear it used sarcastically, too: "Thanks a lot for pulling my chair out from under me." And thanks to means "as a result of" or "with the help of." Thanks to your good study habits, you're learning a lot of new vocabulary words!

Definitions of thanks

n an acknowledgment of appreciation

an expression of gratitude
thank you
a conversational expression of gratitude
bow, curtain call
an appearance by actors or performers at the end of the concert or play in order to acknowledge the applause of the audience
Type of:
acknowledgement, acknowledgment
a statement acknowledging something or someone

n with the help of or owing to

thanks to hard work it was a great success”
Type of:
aid, assist, assistance, help
the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose

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