Definition of return thanks in English:

return thanks


  • Express thanks, especially in a grace at a meal or in response to a toast or condolence.

    ‘I rise to return thanks on behalf of my fellow guests’
    • ‘Mr James Roberts was a capable master of ceremonies and returned thanks to all who were involved in the production.’
    • ‘Declan Byrne secretary gave his report and said he was not going for re-election this year after a five year term and also returned thanks to all for great assistance.’
    • ‘James Doherty, Chairman Inver Community Centre Committee, returned thanks on behalf of the community, as did Fr Liam Reilly, C.C., who said the community centre would be a great boon to the area.’
    • ‘Amos said, ‘Jaben, would you return thanks for this meal?’’
    • ‘So, one of those days when you feel that surviving a car journey is something to return thanks to God for, like 17th century travellers used to when they had safely crossed the Atlantic.’
    • ‘We had grace around the dinner table, and we all had to take turns in praying and returning thanks every morning.’