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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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 The idea is to speed up what changing climate conditions are expected to do anyway. Julie Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Oct. 2021 The son of the legendary Beatles producer George Martin, Giles was discouraged from going into music by his father but did so anyway. Gary Graff, cleveland, 12 Oct. 2021 But many of those smaller businesses must adopt similar policies anyway to hold on to their customers. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, 7 Oct. 2021 Funeral directors are not bound to keep ashes after trying to find someone to take possession, but many do anyway. Jesse Leavenworth,, 28 Sep. 2021 Poncho said rather than cracking down on camping and panhandling, which won’t do much anyway, the City Council should focus on building a good homeless shelter and offering resources to unhoused residents. Annie Blanks, San Antonio Express-News, 27 Sep. 2021 In response, many states have withdrawn from the federal programs, which expire nationwide next month anyway., 26 Aug. 2021 How many destinations will be on the trail, anyway? Gregg Doyel, The Indianapolis Star, 5 Oct. 2021 But that wouldn't have been an appropriate headline anyway — because Anderson wasn't the only one to steal the spotlight from Shelton. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 Oct. 2021

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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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23 Oct 2021

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“Anyway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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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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