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

Smart technology in particular, like TVs, phones, and other home appliances, tends to have the steepest sales, and this year definitely won't be any different. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Here's Where To Snag The Best Deals On A Roomba This Black Friday," 23 Aug. 2018 Getting dressed everyday should be a fun experience so why should your eyewear be any different? Kaitlyn Frey, PEOPLE.com, "Christian Siriano Owns 'Maybe 20 Pairs' of Glasses, But Always Wears the Same Ones Every Day," 11 July 2018 And there is no reason to believe this summer will be any different. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, "Pop, Spurs have plenty on this summer’s menu from Kawhi to LeBron," 11 June 2018 Kick-starting a competition Nothing has ever been given to Jakeem Grant, and so why would the Dolphins' return job be any different? Adam H. Beasley, miamiherald, "Concerns about Gesicki, the challenge of replacing Suh and old questions 'return'," 8 June 2018 But, Hercher said, the security breach involving MyHeritage doesn’t seem to be any different than security breaches at other companies that don’t work with genetic information. Megan Thielking, STAT, "Genealogy site MyHeritage says 92 million user accounts compromised," 5 June 2018 Parsons isn't expecting Wednesday's match to be any different. Jamie Goldberg, OregonLive.com, "Portland Thorns will face challenge against first-place North Carolina Courage," 29 May 2018 But some wonder whether the outcome will be any different. Tessa Weinberg, kansascity, "AG Josh Hawley is investigating Greitens again. Will the outcome be any different? | The Kansas City Star," 9 May 2018 Is performing in London any different than performing in New York? Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "Glenda Jackson on Her Return to Broadway in Three Tall Women," 23 Apr. 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

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

Pronoun, singular or plural in construction

see any entry 1

Adverb

see any entry 1

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

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any

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of any

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

any

adverb

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

: 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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