Pronunciation: (thangk), [key]
1. to express gratitude, appreciation, or acknowledgment to: She thanked them for their hospitality.
2. have oneself to thank, to be personally to blame; have the responsibility: The citizens have only themselves to thank for corruption in government.
3. thank God, (used interjectionally to express relief, thankfulness, etc.) Also,thank goodness,thank heaven.
4. thank you, (used interjectionally to express gratitude, appreciation, or acknowledgment, as for a gift, favor, service, or courtesy).

1. 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.
2. thanks to, because of; owing to: Thanks to good organization and hard work, the benefit concert was a great success.

thanks,(used as an informal expression of gratitude, appreciation, or acknowledgment).

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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