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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.



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.

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.
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 For many Western oil companies that have already embraced the transition, longer-term investments don’t make sense any more. Chip Cummins And Elena Cherney, WSJ, 25 May 2022 Nelson also said people who leave the church don’t deserve judgment any more than people who stay in the fold deserve criticism. Kaitlyn Bancroft, The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 May 2022 This does imply that some moviegoers weren’t any more into it than were the perpetually online contingent who wanted a less evil Wanda, more fan-bait cameos and Easter Eggs, and less of a standalone sequel. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 14 May 2022 The Beavers did not allow Tualatin to run up the score any more in the rest of the game, but every time Beaverton looked ready to make a comeback, it was immediately shut down by Tualatin. oregonlive, 9 Mar. 2022 What was once a 15-minute jaunt became an hours-long trek, a passage Nikolayevna didn’t do so much any more. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, 5 Mar. 2022 That wasn’t going to displace coders any more than autocomplete in Microsoft Word displaces novelists. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 8 Feb. 2022 The Wings don't deflate when opponents score any more, but Friday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Dallas Stars at Little Caesars Arena rankled because the Wings had the lead with six minutes to play. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, 22 Jan. 2022 There is little reason to believe that Millennials will steward the nation’s wealth any more responsibly than Boomers have. James Chappel, The New Republic, 15 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of any


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


14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for any


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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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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?



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?



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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