any·​way ˈe-nē-ˌwā How to pronounce anyway (audio)
: in any way whatever : anywise
: in any case : without regard to other considerations : anyhow
She knew it was dangerous, but she did it anyway.
: as an additional consideration or thought
We don't need a new car, and anyway, we can't afford one.

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.
Recent Examples on the Web While the Environmental Protection Agency does not recommend using insecticides on cicadas, the spring and summer are notoriously buggy seasons and some people spray their yards anyway. Clare Mulroy, USA TODAY, 9 May 2024 Six episodes isn’t enough to serve multiple subplots, but Maxton Hall squeezes them in anyway: James’ gay friend Alistair (Justus Riesner) nurses a crush on his classmate, and Lydia frets over a secret romance that could upend her life. Kristen Baldwin,, 7 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for anyway 

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Anyway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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any·​way ˈen-ē-ˌwā How to pronounce anyway (audio)
: anyhow

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