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

Wayne Newton‘s pet likely won’t be monkeying around any longer. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, "Wayne Newton's Pet Monkey Allegedly Attacked a 15-Year-Old Girl," 9 Aug. 2019 The warning signs have reached a point where they cannot be ignored any longer, and more people, including prominent business leaders, are speaking out. Jayati Ghosh, Quartz India, "While India was busy celebrating its “ease of doing business” ranking, its real economy tanked," 5 Aug. 2019 The Spartans aren’t nearly a one-dimensional Veer squad any longer. Mitch Stephens, SFChronicle.com, "Lincoln Mustangs football team moves beyond last year’s ‘perfect storm’," 5 Aug. 2019 For instance, the cars won't need remote starters any longer, which should cut out an awful lot of caution periods during races. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "900hp hybrids are coming for the 2022 IndyCar season," 1 Aug. 2019 Mary Balint, 15, has shown animals at the farm fair in the past but does not any longer, according to Emma, who said Mary is still heavily involved in the fair. David Anderson, baltimoresun.com, "Harford youth sellers part with the animals they have raised for annual 4-H livestock sale," 30 July 2019 The contestants waiting backstage can’t listen to Luke any longer. Cory Stieg, refinery29.com, "The Bachelorette Season 15, Episode 11 Recap: The Luke Show Is Finally Over," 25 July 2019 No, and Castellanos likely won’t have to deal with the dimensions any longer: Wednesday’s series finale against the Phillies will be his last game as a Tiger at Comerica Park if he is traded by the July 31 trade deadline, as expected. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Time for Detroit Tigers to even Comerica Park's playing field for hitters," 24 July 2019 Global Entry, TSA PreCheck, and the like—don’t put it off any longer. Zachary M. Seward, Quartz, "Everything you need to know about PreCheck and Global Entry," 25 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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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

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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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