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anywhere

[en-ee-hwair, -wair] /ˈɛn iˌʰwɛər, -ˌwɛər/
adverb
1.
in, at, or to any place.
2.
to any extent; to some degree:
Does my answer come anywhere near the right one?
noun
3.
any place or direction:
They knew the attack could come from anywhere.
Idioms
4.
get anywhere, to achieve success:
You'll never get anywhere with that attitude!
Origin of anywhere
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English anywher(e), aniquar. See any, where
Usage note
See anyplace.
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  • I'm to be in your office in the mornings, Dr. Wilson, and anywhere I am needed in the afternoons.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • That white hair would brand Marian anywhere as an old woman.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • Tip got on better at home than anywhere else; he had not so many temptations.

  • It was good to be there, he told them, only as it was good to be anywhere else, in the spirit of God.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • "There's hardly a root of it anywhere around close," she said to herself.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
British Dictionary definitions for anywhere

anywhere

/ˈɛnɪˌwɛə/
adverb
1.
in, at, or to any place
2.
get anywhere, to be successful: it took three years before he got anywhere
3.
anywhere from, any quantity, time, degree, etc, above a specified limit: he could be anywhere from 40 to 50 years old
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Word Origin and History for anywhere
adv.

late 14c., from any + where. Earlier words in this sense were owhere, oughwhere, aywhere, literally "aught where" (see aught (1)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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