[en-ee-wuhn, -wuh n]
- any person at all; anybody: Did anyone see the accident?
Origin of 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. See also each, they.
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- 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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