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 Rockets are—for now, anyway—safe and secure, with no country capable of shooting them down along most conceivable routes. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Pentagon Wants to Send Cargo Rockets Around the World in Minutes—with Elon Musk's Help," 9 Oct. 2020 Ehlinger will have his way in his final Red River Showdown (of the regular-season variety, anyway). Marcus Krum, Dallas News, "Texas prediction: Will QB Sam Ehlinger carry the Longhorns to a Red River Showdown win?," 8 Oct. 2020 Installing the complicated support system as an aftermarket product would be a huge undertaking (though, Toyota currently has no concrete plans to bring this to market yet anyway). Popular Science, "Toyota’s robotic butler will serve you from the ceiling," 3 Oct. 2020 But this amounts to a sound plan for a conference that probably wasn’t going to have a playoff entry anyway. John Canzano, oregonlive, "Canzano: Pac-12 Conference unified football decision is both a beauty and a curse," 25 Sep. 2020 Amazon Prime Day 2020 is slowly approaching—and many of us have questions about what is Prime Day during coronavirus anyway? Talia Abbas, Glamour, "What Is Amazon Prime Day 2020? The Best Deals & Everything to Know," 22 Sep. 2020 Expect Jacksonville to direct its coverage toward Hilton; Rivers has to find ways to get the ball to the Colts’ best receiver anyway. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, "Insider: 17 things to watch as Colts open season against lowly Jaguars," 13 Sep. 2020 The sorority had sought the university’s blessing to have the event, but as that approval was pending, the group went ahead and had the gathering anyway, the school said. Annie Martin,, "Protests against gun rights activist erupt at UCF; school suspends groups for violating social distancing policies," 10 Sep. 2020 But what busy person has time for crafting, anyway? Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, "A space to create. The Craftery, a new DIY-bar, opens in Louisville's NuLu neighborhood," 1 Sep. 2020

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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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22 Oct 2020

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“Anyway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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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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