any

[ en-ee ]
/ ˈɛn i /

adjective

pronoun

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.

adverb

in whatever degree; to some extent; at all: Do you feel any better?

Idioms

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

Origin of any

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

Usage note

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British Dictionary definitions for any

any

/ (ˈɛnɪ) /

determiner

  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

adverb

(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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Idioms and Phrases with any

any


In addition to the idioms beginning with any

  • any day
  • any longer
  • any number of
  • any old
  • any port in a storm

also see:

  • at any rate
  • by any means
  • go to any length
  • in any case
  • under any (no) circumstances
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