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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 The character Fielder plays with such conviction doesn’t seem to know any better. John Semley, The New Republic, 28 July 2022 Keuchel didn’t fare any better in his four starts with the Diamondbacks, going 0-2 with a 9.64 ERA, including giving up eight runs in 2.1 innings against the Giants in his final start. Matt Young, Chron, 26 July 2022 What’s the only thing that can make trick-or-treating, pumpkin carving, ghost busting and horror movie marathons any better? Julia Ludlam, Country Living, 20 July 2022 The scene inside that old industrial factory couldn’t have been any better. Joseph Goodman, al, 16 July 2022 Anthony Anderson Ross' Black-ish co-star Anthony Anderson didn't fare any better, getting snubbed for lead comedy actor — despite seven previous nominations for the show. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 12 July 2022 Transportation for an invasion force hardly fares any better. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 11 July 2022 Michael Burry, the hedge funder made famous by The Big Short, isn’t making the future labor market sound any better for office workers. Chloe Berger, Fortune, 8 July 2022 But a year later, are companies any better prepared for or protected against dependency confusion or similar assaults on software supply chains? Mario Vuksan, Forbes, 6 July 2022 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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The first known use of any was before the 12th century

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“Any.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 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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