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adjective \ˈe-nē\

Simple Definition of any

  • —used to indicate a person or thing that is not particular or specific

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of any

  1. 1 :  one or some indiscriminately of whatever kind: a :  one or another taken at random <ask any man you meet> b :  every —used to indicate one selected without restriction <any child would know that>

  2. 2 :  one, some, or all indiscriminately of whatever quantity: a :  one or more —used to indicate an undetermined number or amount <have you any money> b :  all —used to indicate a maximum or whole <needs any help he can get> c :  a or some without reference to quantity or extent <grateful for any favor at all>

  3. 3 a :  unmeasured or unlimited in amount, number, or extent <any quantity you desire> b :  appreciably large or extended <could not endure it any length of time>

Examples of any in a sentence

  1. <any person who comes in the store today is eligible for the discount>



Origin and Etymology of any

Middle English, from Old English ǣnig; akin to Old High German einag any, Old English ān one — more at one


First Known Use: before 12th century


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any

pronoun, singular or plural in construction

Definition of any

  1. 1 :  any person or persons :  anyone

  2. 2 a :  any thing or things b :  any part, quantity, or number



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of any

before 12th century


3

any

adverb

Simple Definition of any

  • : to the least amount or degree

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of any

  1. :  to any extent or degree :  at all <was never any good> <no, it doesn't help me any>

Examples of any in a sentence

  1. The food there is never any good.

  2. He won't be any happier there than he was here.

  3. I could not walk any farther.

  4. I can't eat any more pizza.



14th Century

First Known Use of any

14th century

Rhymes with any


ANY Defined for Kids

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any

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adjective \ˈe-nē\

Definition of any for Students

  1. 1 :  whichever one of <Ask directions from any person you meet.>

  2. 2 :  of whatever number or amount <Do you need any help?>




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any

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pronoun

Definition of any for Students

  1. 1 :  any one or ones of the people or things in a group <Are any of you ready?>

  2. 2 :  any amount <Is there any left?>




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any

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adverb

Definition of any for Students

  1. :  to the least amount or degree <You can't get it any cleaner.> <This watch was never any good.>





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