thanks-n; 3 Senses

Sense Number 1: a speech act of acknowledging gratitude for something

Commentary: THANKS[+event][+communication][+speech_act][+acknowledgment][+of_gratitude]
NOTE: implies a verbal act of expressing gratitude.

At every dinner, the family held hands and gave thanks for the food they were about to receive.
You should give thanks to Bob for securing us another week to prepare the demo.
I wrote them a letter of thanks for their financial contribution.
He never gave them a word of thanks for all they did for him.

PropBank: thanks.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: an emotional state of feeling gratitude

Commentary: THANKS[+state][+emotional][+gratitude]
NOTE: refers to a feeling which may be expressed in various ways, including non-verbal

She sent us a box of cookies as an expression of her thanks for taking care of her cats.
The children showed their thanks by giving us big hugs.

PropBank: thanks.01
WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 1a

Sense Number 3: with the help of, owing to

Commentary: THANKS[+cause][+assisting][+help]

Thanks to the umbrella we managed not to get wet.
With no thanks to John they still managed to win the game.
Thanks to everyone's hard work, the conference was a success.

PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2