anyway

adverb
any·​way | \ -ˌwā How to pronounce anyway (audio) \

Definition of anyway

1 : in any way whatever : anywise
2 : in any case : without regard to other considerations : anyhow She knew it was dangerous, but she did it anyway.
3 : as an additional consideration or thought We don't need a new car, and anyway, we can't afford one.

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Synonyms for anyway

Synonyms

anyhow, anyways [chiefly dialect], regardless, whatever

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Examples of anyway in a Sentence

The road got worse, but they kept going anyway. I didn't expect her to say “yes,” but I asked her anyway. It makes no difference what we say. She's going to do what she wants anyway. He's far from perfect, but she loves him anyway.
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And if further mention of love, cups and warm pants will churn your breakfast, good, because this question really isn’t about those things anyway. Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax: Baby needs a new pair of shoes, but not as much as baby needs love," 6 July 2019 No young player in the game has more promise, but no one can be certain of his ceiling — not yet, anyway. Scott Cacciola, New York Times, "Zion Williamson Lives Up to the Hype, at Least for One Night," 6 July 2019 And if further mention of love, cups and warm pants will churn your breakfast, good, because this question really isn’t about those things anyway. Carolyn Hax, Detroit Free Press, "Wife worries about providing for unborn child," 5 July 2019 And if further mention of love, cups and warm pants will churn your breakfast, good, because this question really isn’t about those things anyway. Carolyn Hax, The Mercury News, "Carolyn Hax: I’m pregnant, but I wanted to be rich," 5 July 2019 And if further mention of love, cups and warm pants will churn your breakfast, good, because this question really isn't about those things anyway. Carolyn Hax, oregonlive.com, "Carolyn Hax: Embrace the life you have to give new baby exactly what she needs," 4 July 2019 People who pursue treatment for their infertility were never assured a baby in the first place; their chances were iffy, anyway, varying further depending on their age and health. Dov Fox, Vox, "The legal limbo of lost embryos," 3 July 2019 Trail races rarely pass public toilets, and many are unusable anyway. The Economist, "For women, running is still an act of defiance," 28 June 2019 The party ultimately decided Dean was too radical anyway and went with a more saleable option, John Kerry, who unlike Dean was both a veteran and a supporter of the war in Iraq, at least while that was popular. Kyle Smith, National Review, "All Joe Biden Had to Do Was Look Moderate, and He Blew It," 28 June 2019

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First Known Use of anyway

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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anyway

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of anyway

: despite something that has been stated before
used to give added force to a question
used to add something to a previous statement

anyway

adverb
any·​way | \ ˈe-nē-ˌwā How to pronounce anyway (audio) \

Kids Definition of anyway

1 : without regard to other considerations He knew it was a lie, but he said it anyway.
2 : as an additional consideration or thought It's too expensive, and anyway, you have one just like it.

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