any thing whatever; something, no matter what: Do you have anything for a toothache?
a thing of any kind.
in any degree; to any extent; in any way; at all: Does it taste anything like chocolate?
Idioms about anything
anything but, in no degree or respect; not in the least: The plans were anything but definite.
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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How to use anything in a sentence
If anything the work the two cops and the maintenance guy were doing deserves more respect and probably helped a lot more people.
Like many trans users, Transartist often gets used as a source of information more than anything else.
Neither the Republican nor the Democratic party have done anything to consistently target Asian- American voters.
But Krauss said that from the moment he and the other scientists arrived on the island, they never saw anything untoward.Sleazy Billionaire’s Double Life Featured Beach Parties With Stephen Hawking | M.L. Nestel | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
So I started to think about anything in my life that would be worth people giving it any amount of time.Patton Oswalt on Fighting Conservatives With Satire | William O’Connor | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
There was a rumor that Alessandro and his father had both died; but no one knew anything certainly.Ramona | Helen Hunt Jackson
As men fixed in the grip of nightmare, we were powerless—unable to do anything but wait.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
He made me think of an old time magician more than anything, and I felt that with a touch of his wand he could transform us all.Music-Study in Germany | Amy Fay
Strathland would bundle me out in ten minutes if anything happened to Jack.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
It is no good settling down in a world that, on its part, refuses to do anything of the sort.The Salvaging Of Civilisation | H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
British Dictionary definitions for anything
any object, event, action, etc, whatever: anything might happen
a thing of any kind: have you anything to declare?
in any way: he wasn't anything like his father
anything but by no means; not in the least: she was anything but happy
like anything (intensifier; usually euphemistic): he ran like anything
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
Other Idioms and Phrases with anything
In addition to the idioms beginning with anything
- anything but
- anything goes
- anything like
- can't do anything with
- if anything
- like anything
- not anything like
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.