any

adjective
\ ˈe-nē \

Definition of any

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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 : one, some, or all indiscriminately of whatever quantity:
a : one or more used to indicate an undetermined number or amount Do you have any money?
b : all used to indicate a maximum or whole He needs any help he can get.
c : a or some without reference to quantity or extent I'd be grateful for any favor at all.
3a : 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

Definition of any (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : any person or persons : anyone I don't know any of them.
2a : any thing or things The movie's opening scene is as powerful as any I've seen.
b : any part, quantity, or number You haven't eaten any of your salad.

any

adverb

Definition of any (Entry 3 of 3)

: to any extent or degree : at all was never any good No, it doesn't help me any.

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Synonyms for any

Synonyms: Adjective

each, every

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Examples of any in a Sentence

Adjective

any person who comes in the store today is eligible for the discount

Adverb

The food there is never any good. He won't be any happier there than he was here. I could not walk any farther. I can't eat any more pizza.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

No one, after all, would be any the wiser: Hillary would coast to victory, so Democrats would continue running the government; FISA materials are highly classified, so they’d be kept under wraps. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Was the Steele Dossier the FBI’s ‘Insurance Policy’?," 23 Dec. 2017 In another Tuesday morning tweet, the president denied even knowing any the women who have spoken out. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "President Trump Fires Off Particularly Gross Tweet About Kirsten Gillibrand," 12 Dec. 2017 The first thing to do is remove any the things that attract the skunk. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Putting out the unwelcome mat for a skunk," 20 Feb. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Chris Kress, who has been a gate agent at Dallas Fort Worth airport for 30 years, says at American Airlines, agents are allotted 20 minutes for boarding, and if the process takes any longer, gate agents are held accountable. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "Why airlines make you check your carry-on bags," 20 Dec. 2018 However, the stylus doesn't look any longer than the previous model, which is disappointing. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Samsung teases new Notebook 9 Pen with 15-hour battery life before CES 2019," 13 Dec. 2018 The independence from Trump’s perspective was welcome, but unfortunately, that doesn’t mean its brand of conservatism was any better than that of the ranting demagogue. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The Weekly Standard’s demise is a reminder that there are some ideas worse than Trumpism," 5 Dec. 2018 How could this be any better than just buying an entry-level soundbar? Chris Welch, The Verge, "Roku TV Wireless Speakers review: easy listening," 29 Nov. 2018 In a year chock-full of political memoirs, was there ever any doubt that Michelle Obama’s Becoming would top them? Vogue, "Michelle Obama’s Becoming, Out Less Than a Month, Is the Best-Selling Hardcover of 2018," 30 Nov. 2018 Meghan is candidly laughing next to Harry, who has a huge smile on his face, and George and Charlotte could not look any cuter. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Why the Queen Wasn't in Prince Charles' 70th Birthday Royal Family Photo," 13 Nov. 2018 But because the way the down is clustered and traps air inside, a comforter with a higher fill power may not be any heavier than one with a lower fill power. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Buying a Comforter," 14 Oct. 2018 If a bee or wasp lands on you, don’t make any sudden movements. Korin Miller, SELF, "7 Tips to Prevent Bee and Wasp Stings When Exploring the Great Outdoors," 10 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of any

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Pronoun, singular or plural in construction

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for any

Adjective, Pronoun, singular or plural in construction, and Adverb

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

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any

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of any

 (Entry 1 of 3)

used to indicate a person or thing that is not particular or specific
used to indicate an amount greater than zero or none usually used in negative statements, in questions, and in statements with if or whether

any

pronoun

English Language Learners Definition of any (Entry 2 of 3)

: any one of the people or things in a group
: any amount

any

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of any (Entry 3 of 3)

: to the least amount or degree

any

adjective
\ ˈe-nē \

Kids Definition of any

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : whichever one of Ask directions from any person you meet.
2 : of whatever number or amount Do you need any help?

any

pronoun

Kids Definition of any (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : any one or ones of the people or things in a group Are any of you ready?
2 : any amount Is there any left?

any

adverb

Kids Definition of any (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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