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any

adjective \ ˈe-nē \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of any

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.
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

Recent Examples of any from the Web

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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

any Synonyms

Synonyms
each, every
Related Words
all; several, various; particular; respective, specific; either
Near Antonyms
neither

2

any

pronoun, singular or plural in construction

Definition of any

1 :any person or persons :anyone
  • I don't know any of them.
2 a :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.

Origin and Etymology of any

see 1any


3

any

adverb

Definition of any

: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.

Recent Examples of any from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of any

see 1any


ANY Defined for English Language Learners

any

adjective

Definition of any for English Language Learners

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


any

adverb

Definition of any for English Language Learners

  • : to the least amount or degree


ANY Defined for Kids

1

any

adjective \ ˈe-nē \

Definition of any for Students

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

2

any

pronoun

Definition of any for Students

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?

3

any

adverb

Definition of any for Students

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


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