[ en-ee-wuhn, -wuhn ]
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  1. 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.

usage note For anyone

See each, they.

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British Dictionary definitions for anyone


/ (ˈɛnɪˌwʌn, -wən) /

  1. any person; anybody

  2. (used with a negative or a question) a person of any importance: is he anyone in this town?

  1. (often preceded by just) any person at random; no matter who

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