any·way | \-ˌwā \

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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Sacramento Police Department spokesman Eddie Macaulay said that Elkarra's incident didn't involve a crime (and is therefore not in the statistics reported by the Department of Justice), but the department investigated it anyway. Anita Chabria And Michael Finch Ii, sacbee, "Hate crimes in Sacramento County have increased by 66 percent since 2014," 12 July 2018 Food This one might surprise you, because human waste is basically just broken-down food anyway, but flushing food that hasn't been digested can cause problems for your plumbing, too. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "16 Things You Should Never Flush Down The Toilet," 29 June 2018 Of course, the royals usually steer clear of them anyway ... at least, for now. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The Insanely Strict Rules Royals Must Follow During the Royal Ascot," 19 June 2018 Their lovemaking, about which she's conflicted, is shown as (for her anyway) drab. Robert Lloyd,, "‘Strange Angel’: It's rocket science with occult twist," 12 June 2018 But the news spread anyway to people like Inger Simonsen, 72, who lived a few doors down from Morgan before the fire and is now in the tiny community of Hemet in Riverside County. Lizzie Johnson,, "Regret haunts Wine Country fire hero: ‘I’ve never cried this much’," 13 July 2018 The office chartered the flight anyway, at a cost of $17,760, the report said. Louise Radnofsky, WSJ, "HHS Watchdog Pushes to Recoup $341,000 Wasted by Ex-Secretary Price on Travel," 13 July 2018 Perhaps the numbers will turn around again, but at this point the commonly discussed (among Republicans, anyway) idea that 2018 would turn out to be a good GOP year after all seems implausible. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Democrats Look Good Again on Key Midterm Polling Numbers," 12 July 2018 Reducing the vote to a tally of goals and assists does the award, and the players, a disservice, anyway. Patrick Brennan,, "FC Cincinnati's Emmanuel Ledesma named USL Player of the Month for June," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of anyway

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

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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