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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 restrictionAny child would know that.
2 : one, some, or all indiscriminately of whatever quantity:
a : one or more used to indicate an undetermined number or amountDo you have any money?
b : all used to indicate a maximum or wholeHe 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.

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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, "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 Facebook and Google recently said most employees could continue working remotely through the end of the year but did not share any longer-term changes. Heather Kelly, BostonGlobe.com, "Twitter employees don’t ever have to go back to the office (unless they want to)," 12 May 2020 While any sudden leadership change in a dictatorship as opaque as North Korea always has the potential for unintended consequences, the 36-year-old leader had consolidated power since taking over from his father in 2011. Iain Marlow, Bloomberg.com, "Nobody’s Expecting North Korea to Implode Without Kim Jong Un," 10 May 2020 Using two of the existing horizontal panels should provide enough support once the rack has been hung, but don’t go any shorter. Popular Science, "The cheapest way to build your own wine rack," 18 Apr. 2020 And who knows if that’s really any tougher than usual with teams spread out and working from home? Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas News, "The Dallas Cowboys have options in the 2020 NFL draft. Failing isn’t one of them.," 17 Apr. 2020 In a market tucked inside the Hong Kong City Mall, lines weren’t any longer than usual. Bryan Washington, The New Yorker, "The Grocers on Houston’s Front Lines," 6 Apr. 2020 Prosecutors agreed to not bring any more charges against the company for the Camp Fire, the deadliest wildfire in California history. Tim Pearce, Washington Examiner, "PG&E pleads guilty to dozens of manslaughter counts from California's most destructive wildfire," 23 Mar. 2020 But the biggest lie that CAA supporters peddle is that the law won't leave these groups any worse off. Shikha Dalmia, TheWeek, "How Modi supporters are trying to cloak an anti-Muslim bill in American law," 7 Feb. 2020 Everyone's changing their routine in the pandemic, but just because Stephen Colbert now has to record The Late Show from his home hasn't made his interviews any less interesting. Christian Holub, EW.com, "Watch Stephen Colbert rap Chance the Rapper's 'Sunday Candy' to his face," 7 Apr. 2020

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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

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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Cite this Entry

“Any.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/any. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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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

English Language Learners Definition of any (Entry 2 of 3)

: any one of the people or things in a group
: any amount



English Language Learners Definition of any (Entry 3 of 3)

: to the least amount or degree
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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. This watch was never any good.

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