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anyway

[ en-ee-wey ]
/ ˈɛn iˌweɪ /
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adverb
in any case; anyhow; nonetheless; regardless: Whether you like it or not, I'm going anyway.
(used to continue or resume the thread of a story or account): Anyway, we finally found a plumber who could come right over.

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Also Nonstandard, an·y·ways [en-ee-weyz] /ˈɛn iˌweɪz/ .

Origin of anyway

First recorded in 1150–1200, anyway is from Middle English ani wei. See any, way1

usage note for anyway

The adverb anyway is spelled as one word: It was snowing hard, but we drove to the play anyway. The two-word phrase any way means “in any manner”: Finish the job any way you choose. If the words “in the” can be substituted for “any,” the two-word phrase is called for: Finish the job in the way you choose. If the substitution cannot be made, the spelling is anyway.
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British Dictionary definitions for anyway

anyway
/ (ˈɛnɪˌweɪ) /

adverb
in any case; at any rate; nevertheless; anyhow
in a careless or haphazard manner
Usually any way . in any manner; by any means
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