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

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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 Your employee experience shouldn’t be any different than your customer experience. Forbes, "CIO PERSPECTIVE," 6 May 2021 Police groups are lobbying for more of a say in how the investigations are carried out, while activists will be watching whether the outcomes are any different under the new system. Alexei Koseff, San Francisco Chronicle, "Progressives place reform hopes on Rob Bonta as California attorney general," 21 Apr. 2021 And one thing that won’t ever be any different is his desire to avoid that. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Extremely short-handed Utah Jazz throw the kitchen sink out there in overtime loss to Lakers," 17 Apr. 2021 But the court’s ruling stopped there: Kagan and the other justices explicitly declined to take the opportunity to go any further. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Blame Anthony Kennedy for the Supreme Court’s Mangled Ruling on Juvenile Life Without Parole," 23 Apr. 2021 In an interview, Fudge confirmed that town leaders did not investigate the matter any further. Cynthia Dizikes, San Francisco Chronicle, "How Windsor officials failed to uncover an allegation that Dominic Foppoli assaulted a woman in a hot tub," 22 Apr. 2021 The bill did not progress any further in the Senate. Adrienne Dunn, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Meme misrepresents vote on notifying ICE when undocumented immigrants purchase firearms," 16 Apr. 2021 Marko, who has represented clients who have brought lawsuits against Michigan law-enforcement agencies, says that officers dropped Carlsen off at a gas station with no money or way to get back home, and didn’t inquire any further into what happened. Joseph Jaafari, Rolling Stone, "Grindr Murder: Could Kevin Bacon’s Death Have Been Prevented?," 9 Apr. 2021 Police said there was an active investigation, but didn’t comment any further on what was going on at the mall. Jessika Harkay, courant.com, "Westfarms Mall blocked off by multiple police cars Wednesday evening," 7 Apr. 2021

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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

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

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“Any.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/any. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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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