any·​way | \ ˈe-nē-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

Though men's and women’s skin are slightly different from each other, everyone’s skin is slightly unique, anyway. Hana Hong, Marie Claire, "Can I Use My Boyfriend’s Moisturizer?," 30 Aug. 2019 Esmail launched Amazon's Homecoming with Julia Roberts last year and is producing another USA show called Briarpatch; Rami Malek won the freakin' Best Actor Oscar—this show couldn't go on forever, anyway. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Time for the f-society Christmas Special in Mr. Robot’s final season trailer," 28 Aug. 2019 Bili goes anyway, arriving at her grandmother’s apartment unannounced and just in time for dinner. Zoë Hu, The New Republic, "Crazy Sad Asians," 27 Aug. 2019 The 24-year-old ignored Murphy’s denial and went to the bathroom anyway. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios follows up tournament outburst with another one," 15 Aug. 2019 Crowley and the other board members voted to go into closed session anyway. Pamela Wood,, "Maryland handgun board may have violated open meetings law," 9 Aug. 2019 Death be not proud, but there’s definitely pride in it—for the living, anyway. Bob Morris, Town & Country, "A (Candid) Guide to Celebrity Death Etiquette," 6 Aug. 2019 Kemba Walker is a man who needs no introduction, but the Voice of Harlem gave him one anyway. Kristian Winfield,, "Former UConn star Kemba Walker says he and the Celtics are ‘a perfect fit’," 29 July 2019 In the end, Lyle went anyway, with the girlfriend paying his way. Steve Helling,, "30 Years After the Menendez Brothers Murders, Read PEOPLE's 1990 Cover Story," 20 Aug. 2019

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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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authorized for issue (as a bond)

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