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

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

This doesn’t make conspiracy theories any less dangerous. J.c. Pan, The New Republic, "Democratic Rot and the Origins of American Conspiracism," 3 July 2019 Chief Hopper, Joyce, and Bob Things aren’t any easier for the adults of the show. Lauren Huff, EW.com, "Everything you need to remember about Stranger Things before watching season 3," 28 June 2019 Frame any many with some small silver specks for an instant punch of punk. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "25 Homecoming Nail Ideas That'll Help You Stand Out," 25 June 2019 The outlook threatens to undermine any hard-won economic achievements after years of financial turmoil that cut the country’s economy by a quarter and left millions out of a job and battling poverty. Maria Petrakis, latimes.com, "Wanted: People willing to live on a beautiful, remote Greek island," 6 June 2019 And when the regular season starts, Jones won’t have the figure of a defensive end any longer. Kent Somers, azcentral, "Chandler Jones' stale snack cakes point to big things for the Cardinals linebacker.," 15 June 2019 Actually, Anderson doesn’t play the violin any longer. Joey Johnston, The Mercury News, "Anderson’s dazzling starting debut spoiled in A’s loss," 10 June 2019 Unable to wait any longer to hear from church leaders, Ms. Bragg asked for a meeting with them. Elizabeth Dias, New York Times, "Her Evangelical Megachurch Was Her World. Then Her Daughter Said She Was Molested by a Minister.," 10 June 2019 In a later statement obtained by the L.A. Times, Hanna went on to say that this sentencing is proof that criminal acts fueled by racial hatred will not be tolerated any longer. Kynala Phillips, Essence, "Gang Member Who Targeted L.A. Black Families With Arson Sentenced To 13 Years," 4 June 2019

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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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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 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. This watch was never any good.

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