Meaning of “thank you” in the English Dictionary

"thank you" in English

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thank youexclamation

uk /ˈθæŋk ˌjuː/ us /ˈθæŋk ˌjuː/ informal thanks

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.

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."

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."

said to show your disapproval of something:

I don't want to hear that kind of language, thank you (very much).

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thank younoun [ C usually singular ]

uk /ˈθæŋk ˌjuː/ us /ˈθæŋk ˌjuː/

(Definition of “thank you” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"thank you" in American English

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thank youexclamation

us /ˈθæŋk ˌyu/ infml thanks

used to express appreciation to someone for offering or giving you something, for helping you, or for asking how you are feeling:

Thank you for calling.
Thanks for cleaning up.
"How are you?" "Fine, thank you."

something you say or do to express your appreciation for something:

You deserve a big thank you.
He wrote a thank you note to his grandmother for the birthday present.

(Definition of “thank you” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)