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anything

[en-ee-thing]
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pronoun
  1. any thing whatever; something, no matter what: Do you have anything for a toothache?
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noun
  1. a thing of any kind.
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adverb
  1. in any degree; to any extent; in any way; at all: Does it taste anything like chocolate?
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Idioms
  1. anything but, in no degree or respect; not in the least: The plans were anything but definite.
  2. anything goes, any type of conduct, dress, speech, etc., is considered acceptable or valid or is likely to be encountered and tolerated: That resort is a place where anything goes!
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Origin of anything

before 900; Middle English ani thing, eni thing, Old English ǣnig thing. See any, thing1
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Related Words for anything

everything, all, whatever

Examples from the Web for anything

Contemporary Examples of anything

Historical Examples of anything

  • Besides, I never felt contempt for anything to which the gods had given life.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • I am more grateful to you than words can utter—and I will always be glad to do anything for you.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • However, he was regularly engaged, and it was of no use for me to say anything against him.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • Did he say anything about what he had done with this thousand dollars or more?

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • He no longer felt the presence of anything overt between them.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson


British Dictionary definitions for anything

anything

pronoun
  1. any object, event, action, etc, whateveranything might happen
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noun
  1. a thing of any kindhave you anything to declare?
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adverb
  1. in any wayhe wasn't anything like his father
  2. anything but by no means; not in the leastshe was anything but happy
  3. like anything (intensifier; usually euphemistic)he ran like anything
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Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for anything

n.

late Old English aniþing, from any + thing. But Old English ænig þinga apparently also meant "somehow, anyhow" (glossing Latin quoquo modo).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with anything

anything

In addition to the idioms beginning with anything

  • anything but
  • anything goes
  • anything like

also see:

  • can't do anything with
  • if anything
  • like anything
  • not anything like
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