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anywhere

[en-ee-hwair, -wair]
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adverb
  1. in, at, or to any place.
  2. to any extent; to some degree: Does my answer come anywhere near the right one?
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noun
  1. any place or direction: They knew the attack could come from anywhere.
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Idioms
  1. get anywhere, to achieve success: You'll never get anywhere with that attitude!
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Origin of anywhere

1350–1400; Middle English anywher(e), aniquar. See any, where

Usage note

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples

  • I'm to be in your office in the mornings, Dr. Wilson, and anywhere I am needed in the afternoons.

    K

    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • That white hair would brand Marian anywhere as an old woman.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • Tip got on better at home than anywhere else; he had not so many temptations.

  • It was good to be there, he told them, only as it was good to be anywhere else, in the spirit of God.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • "There's hardly a root of it anywhere around close," she said to herself.

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower


British Dictionary definitions for anywhere

anywhere

adverb
  1. in, at, or to any place
  2. get anywhere to be successfulit took three years before he got anywhere
  3. anywhere from any quantity, time, degree, etc, above a specified limithe could be anywhere from 40 to 50 years old
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Word Origin and History for anywhere

adv.

late 14c., from any + where. Earlier words in this sense were owhere, oughwhere, aywhere, literally "aught where" (see aught (1)).

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