Definitions for ANYˈɛn i

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

an•y*ˈɛn i(adj.)

  1. one, a, an, or some; one or more without specification or identification:

    If you have any witnesses, produce them. Pick out any six you like.

  2. whatever or whichever it may be:

    at any price.

  3. in whatever quantity or number, great or small; some:

    Do you have any butter?

  4. every; all:

    Any schoolchild would know that. Read any books you find on the subject.

  5. (following a negative) at all:

    She can't endure any criticism.

  6. (pron.)an unspecified person or persons; anybody; anyone:

    He did better than any before him.

  7. a single one or ones; an unspecified thing or things; a quantity or number:

    We don't have any left.

  8. (adv.)in whatever degree; to some extent; at all:

    Do you feel any better?

Idioms for any:

  1. any which way, in any manner whatever; indifferently or carelessly.

    Category: Idiom, Common Vocabulary

* Usage: See anybody, anyone, anyplace, anyway, either.

Origin of any:

bef. 950; ME eni, ani, OE ǣnig (OE ānone+-ig -y1)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. any(a), whatever, whatsoever(adverb)

    one or some or every or all without specification

    "give me any peaches you don't want"; "not any milk is left"; "any child would know that"; "pick any card"; "any day now"; "cars can be rented at almost any airport"; "at twilight or any other time"; "beyond any doubt"; "need any help we can get"; "give me whatever peaches you don't want"; "no milk whatsoever is left"

  2. any(adverb)

    to any degree or extent

    "it isn't any better"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. any(determiner)ˈɛn i

    means "some" in questions and negatives

    Do you have any paper?; There aren't any cookies left.

  2. anyˈɛn i

    whichever one of a particular type

    Any intelligent person can understand this.; Visit any time you want.

  3. any(pronoun)ˈɛn i

    means "some" in questions and negatives

    "Can I have some more chicken, please?" "Sorry, there isn't any left."; We haven't met any of his friends.

  4. anyˈɛn i

    whichever one of a particular type

    Have any of you seen Emily?

  5. any(adverb)ˈɛn i

    emphasizes how or to what extent

    Can you get here any sooner?; You're not working any harder.


  1. any(Adverb)

    To even the slightest extent, at all.

  2. any(Adverb)

    At least one; of at least one kind. One at all.

  3. any(Adverb)

    No matter what kind.

  4. any(Pronoun)

    Any thing(s) or person(s).

    Any may apply.

  5. Origin: eny, from ænig.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Any

    one indifferently, out of an indefinite number; one indefinitely, whosoever or whatsoever it may be

  2. Any

    some, of whatever kind, quantity, or number; as, are there any witnesses present? are there any other houses like it?

  3. Any(adverb)

    to any extent; in any degree; at all

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ANY' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #85

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ANY' in Written Corpus Frequency: #109

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ANY' in Adverbs Frequency: #288

Anagrams of ANY

  1. Ayn, AYN

  2. yan

  3. nay, NAY

  4. NYA

  5. Ayn

  6. Nay

Translations for ANY

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


one, some, no matter which

`Which dress shall I wear?' `Wear any (dress)'; `Which dresses shall I pack?' `Pack any (dresses)'.

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