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/ ˈɛn i /
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an unspecified person or persons; anybody; anyone: He does better than any before him.
a single one or ones; an unspecified thing or things; a quantity or number: We don't have any left.
in whatever degree; to some extent; at all: Do you feel any better?
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Idioms about any

    any which way, in any manner whatever; indifferently or carelessly: Doing your work any which way is just not good enough.

Origin of any

First recorded before 950; Middle English eni, ani, Old English ǣnig (Old English ān one + -ig-y1)

words often confused with any

3. See some.
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How to use any in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for any

/ (ˈɛnɪ) /

  1. one, some, or several, as specified, no matter how much or many, what kind or quality, etcany cheese in the cupboard is yours; you may take any clothes you like
  2. (as pronoun; functioning as sing or plural)take any you like
(usually used with a negative)
  1. even the smallest amount or even oneI can't stand any noise
  2. (as pronoun; functioning as sing or plural)don't give her any
whatever or whichever; no matter what or whichany dictionary will do; any time of day
an indefinite or unlimited amount or number (esp in the phrases any amount or number)any number of friends
(usually used with a negative)
  1. (foll by a comparative adjective) to even the smallest extentit isn't any worse now
  2. not standard at allhe doesn't care any

Word Origin for any

Old English ǣnig; related to Old Frisian ēnig, Old High German einag, Old Norse einigr anyone, Latin ūnicus unique; see an 1, one
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