any

adjective
\ ˈe-nē How to pronounce any (audio) \

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

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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, 23 Dec. 2017 In another Tuesday morning tweet, the president denied even knowing any the women who have spoken out. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, 12 Dec. 2017 The first thing to do is remove any the things that attract the skunk. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, 20 Feb. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb With the weekend series the only visit to Boston for the Marlins this season, the clubs tried to squeeze in the opener despite the ominous forecast for Friday night and another Saturday that wasn’t any better. sun-sentinel.com, 29 May 2021 With the weekend series the only visit to Boston for the Marlins this season, the clubs tried to squeeze in the opener despite the ominous forecast for Friday night and another Saturday that wasn’t any better. Doug Alden, courant.com, 29 May 2021 Lo said there is no evidence that the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are any better than the Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca offerings. Karen Kaplan Science And Medicine Editor, Los Angeles Times, 27 May 2021 At halftime, more talks were had, but the defense didn’t appear to be any better early in the third quarter. oregonlive, 23 May 2021 And, to make matters worse, data protection regulators have done little to make the situation any better. Matt Burgess, Wired, 22 May 2021 Many of the social and political problems of that time haven’t gotten any better, and the music has gotten worse. BostonGlobe.com, 19 May 2021 In what way would continuing the same approach make those issues any better? Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, 17 May 2021 The story did not get any better for Dancer’s Image in the Preakness. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, 13 May 2021

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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

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

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The first known use of any was before the 12th century

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“Any.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/any. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce any (audio) \

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.

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