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anyone

[ en-ee-wuhn, -wuhn ]
/ ˈɛn iˌwʌn, -wən /
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Definition of anyone

pronoun
any person at all; anybody: Did anyone see the accident?

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Origin of anyone

First recorded in 1350–1400, anyone is from Middle English ani on. See any, one

usage note for anyone

Anyone as a pronoun meaning “anybody” or “any person at all” is written as one word: Does anyone have the correct time? The two-word phrase any one means “any single member of a group of persons or things” and is often followed by of: Can any one of the members type? Any one of these books is exciting reading. Anyone is somewhat more formal than anybody.

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See each, they.
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British Dictionary definitions for anyone

anyone
/ (ˈɛnɪˌwʌn, -wən) /

pronoun
any person; anybody
(used with a negative or a question) a person of any importanceis he anyone in this town?
(often preceded by just) any person at random; no matter who
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