1. Grateful feelings or thoughts; gratitude: a heart full of thanks for our escape.
2. An expression of gratitude: gave thanks to God; a note of thanks to a contributor.
Used to express thanks.
no thanks to
Without the benefit of help from: finally found the house, no thanks to these confusing directions.
On account of; because of: "Thanks to a variety of domestic political changes, by the 1440s the Chinese had withdrawn from participation in the wider world" (Lincoln P. Paine).
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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