any

adjective
\ˈe-nē \

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

Fields visited South Carolina in March and decided Tuesday there was no reason to wait any longer. Chris Hays, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Two-sport standout Brandon Fields of Dr. Phillips commits to South Carolina," 5 July 2018 Danny Duffy is still here, though his numbers aren't any better than Perez's. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "The challenge of being Salvy on a hopeless, last-place Royals team," 5 July 2018 Wood grew up poor, with an abusive mother and other relatives who couldn’t save him from her mistreatment any better than social agencies could. Rebekah Denn, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Uncensored' tells of a difficult passage between black and white, poor and rich," 25 June 2018 His team was finally back at Citizens Bank Park after a difficult 10-game road trip, but being home did not mean the games would be any less taxing. Matt Breen, Philly.com, "Vince Velasquez, Phillies get rocked in blowout loss to Brewers," 8 June 2018 But that doesn’t make these wild day-to-day swings any less unsettling to those who may be a little less blasé than President Trump about nuclear dictatorships. Heather Souvaine Horn, The New Republic, "Trump can’t quit Kim Jong Un.," 25 May 2018 Whether the hours of comity will turn into a lasting peace is still an open question — but that didn’t make those hours any less historic. Alex Ward, Vox, "3 main takeaways from the historic North Korea-South Korea summit," 27 Apr. 2018 Doesn’t make the test of your article any less decisive oor racist. Michael Harriot, The Root, "The Root’s Clapback Mailbag: The Wypipo Participation Trophy," 6 Apr. 2018 That's why photographer Peter DeVito features untouched skin on his Instagram page — to remind us all that acne is normal, and that those who are affected by it are not any less beautiful. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Portrait Series By Peter DeVito Aims to Normalize Acne," 21 Jan. 2018

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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

Pronoun, singular or plural in construction

see any entry 1

Adverb

see any entry 1

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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 2)

—used to indicate a person or thing that is not particular or specific

any

adverb

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

: to the least amount or degree

any

adjective
\ˈe-nē \

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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