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English definition of “thank you”

thank you

exclamation uk   (informal thanks) us  
A1 used to tell someone that you are grateful because they have given you something or done something for you: That was a delicious lunch, thank you. "Here's your coffee." "Thank you very much (indeed)." Thank you for my birthday present.Polite expressionsRelieved and thankful said when you are answering a polite question or remark: "How are you?" "I'm fine, thank you." "You look very nice in that dress." "Thank you very much."Answering and responding A2 said to politely accept or refuse something that has been offered to you: "Would you like some more cake?" "Yes, I will have a small piece, thank you." "Do you need any help?" "No, thank you."Polite expressions said to show your disapproval of something: I don't want to hear that kind of language, thank you (very much).Disapproving and criticizingDamaging reputation

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