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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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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But someone could go ahead anyway and argue an embryo is not something the FDA should regulate as a drug. Julia Belluz, Vox, "The case for and against CRISPR IVF clinics opening in the US.," 6 Dec. 2018 Though the study found that the location for the port was not suitable, the release said, Mr. Rajapaksa went ahead with the plans anyway. Maria Abi-habib, New York Times, "Sri Lankan Lawmakers Target Reporters in Times Investigation," 3 July 2018 The screaming match doesn’t go anyway, and Debbie storms out. Kathryn Lindsay,, "R29 Binge Club: Glow Season 2, Episodes 1-10," 29 June 2018 Peter Feigin, the president of the Bucks, walked onto the court anyway. Malika Andrews,, "A city divided: Bucks see new arena as downtown melting pot," 28 June 2018 The couple protested, at which point the manager refused and called the police when his wife went back in anyway. Breanna Edwards, The Root, "#GoingToTheMoviesWhileBlack: Parents Say Movie Theater Manager Called Cops on Them After They Tried to Retrieve Kids from Cinema," 26 June 2018 Despite the raises, teachers walked off the job anyway, demanding more school funding for textbooks, classroom supplies and smaller class sizes. Washington Post, "Angry Republican teachers create split inside Oklahoma GOP," 21 June 2018 The global economy has changed enormously since the 1980s, and the United States no longer relies on Saudi oil production to keep prices moderate; the American defense industry is not a major source of jobs, anyway. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "There’s nothing “America First” about Trump’s Saudi policy," 21 Nov. 2018 Honestly, after two hours in a 100-miler, everything in my stomach is totally gone anyway. Carly Graf, Outside Online, "What Karl Meltzer Eats Before an Ultra," 5 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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