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anyway

[en-ee-wey] /ˈɛn iˌweɪ/
adverb
1.
in any case; anyhow; nonetheless; regardless:
Whether you like it or not, I'm going anyway.
2.
(used to continue or resume the thread of a story or account):
Anyway, we finally found a plumber who could come right over.
Origin of anyway
1150-1200
First recorded in 1150-1200, anyway is from the Middle English word ani wei. See any, way1
Usage note
The adverb anyway is spelled as one word: It was snowing hard, but we drove to the play anyway. The two-word phrase any way means “in any manner”: Finish the job any way you choose. If the words “in the” can be substituted for “any,” the two-word phrase is called for: Finish the job in the way you choose. If the substitution cannot be made, the spelling is anyway.
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  • No, Bines; they'll be here presently, and you can meet them, anyway.

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  • anyway, he said, Jim had already sure-enough drowned as fur as there was any fun in it.

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  • See 'em once anyway, and see a little more of this country and these people.

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  • I'd play that fur the heftiest moral courage I've ever showed, anyway.

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  • I need the out-doors, and anyway you don't need me down there.

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British Dictionary definitions for anyway

anyway

/ˈɛnɪˌweɪ/
adverb
1.
in any case; at any rate; nevertheless; anyhow
2.
in a careless or haphazard manner
3.
Usually any way. in any manner; by any means
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Word Origin and History for anyway
adv.

1560s, any way "in any manner;" variant any ways (with adverbial genitive) attested from c.1560. One-word form predominated from 1830s. As an adverbial conjunction, from 1859. Middle English in this sense had ani-gates "in any way, somehow" (c.1400).

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