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


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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Recent Examples on the Web

Father's Day is right around the corner, anyway!) Spa day for one (or two!), coming right up. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "Joanna Gaines' Newest Target Collection Has the Most Perfect Mother's Day Gifts," 28 Apr. 2019 But what does the White Walkers' head honcho want anyway? Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Night King Has a Target to Kill in Game of Thrones Season 8," 7 Mar. 2019 Quote class teacher: Your daughter will anyway wear a hijab and get married early. Kirsten Grieshaber, The Seattle Times, "After #MeToo, in Germany comes #MeTwo," 30 July 2018 That’s what the sign outside the hall said, anyway, even though the greatest operatic soprano of the 20th century has been dead since 1977. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "Diva Back From the Dead," 14 Nov. 2018 Besides, a starkly bare complexion is far more suitable to Gucci's strange, high-impact statements anyway. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "What the Gucci Runway Just Taught Us About Beauty at Milan Fashion Week," 20 Feb. 2019 Not to worry: Your clothes will still get plenty clean—most of the soil is on the inside anyway. Brigitt Earley, Good Housekeeping, "A Laundry Expert's 8 Biggest Dos and Don'ts," 8 Feb. 2019 These drastically different dates from the previous year have left many people wondering why Easter falls on a different date each year, anyway. Maria Carter, Country Living, "When Is Easter and Why Does Easter Change Dates Each Year?," 7 Feb. 2019 Even though 91 percent of economists in August said that tariffs would hurt US economic growth, the president chose to put them in place anyway. Alex Ward, Vox, "Trump’s trade war is hurting the global economy," 9 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of anyway

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of anyway was in the 14th century

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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


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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a strong desire or propensity

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