What does Any mean?

Definitions for Any
ˈɛn iany

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Any.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. any(a), whatever, whatsoeveradverb

    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. anyadverb

    to any degree or extent

    "it isn't any better"


  1. anyadverb

    To even the slightest extent, at all.

  2. anyadverb

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

  3. anyadverb

    No matter what kind.

  4. anypronoun

    Any thing(s) or person(s).

    Any may apply.

  5. Etymology: eny, from ænig.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Anyadjective

    Etymology: anig, enig, Sax.

    I know you are now, Sir, a gentleman born —— Ay and have been so any time these four hours. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.

    You contented yourself with being capable, as much as any whosoever, of defending your country with your sword. Dryd.

    How fit is this retreat for uninterrupted study? Any one that sees it will own, I could not have chosen a more likely place to converse with the dead in. Alexander Pope, Letters.

    What warmth is there in your affection towards any of these princely suitors that are already come. William Shakespeare, Merch. of Ven.

    An inverted motion being begun any where below, continues itself all the whole length. John Locke.

    I wound and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand. Deut. xxxii. 39.


  1. any

    Any refers to one or more things or people without restriction or specification. It is a term used to denote inclusivity or universality, encompassing everything or anyone without exception or ambiguity.

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. Anyadverb

    to any extent; in any degree; at all

  4. Etymology: [OE. ni, ni, eni, ani, oni, AS. nig, fr. n one. It is akin to OS. nig, OHG. einic, G. einig, D. eenig. See One.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Any

    en′ni, adj. one indefinitely: some: whoever. n. An′ybody, any single individual.—adv. Anyhow, in any way whatever: in any case, at least.—ns. An′ything, a thing indefinitely, as opposed to nothing: any whit, to any extent; Anythingā′rian, one with no beliefs in particular; Anythingā′rianismadvs. An′yway, An′yways, in any manner: anyhow: in any case; An′ywhere, An′ywhen, in any place whatever, at any time; An′ywise, in any manner, to any degree.—Any one, any single individual, anybody.—At any rate, whatever may happen, at all events.—If anything, if in any degree. [A.S. ænigan, one.]

Editors Contribution

  1. any

    A specific amount.

    Any day of the week the shop is open, the family all work there.

    Submitted by MaryC on June 22, 2020  

Suggested Resources

  1. ANY

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  2. Any

    Any vs. Anymore -- In this Grammar.com article you will learn the differences between the words Any and Anymore.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Any

    An Americanism for “at all”--e.g. “It didn’t trouble me any.”

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 for Any »

  1. Ayn

  2. AYN

  3. nay

  4. NAY

  5. NYA

  6. yan

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Any in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Any in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Any in a Sentence

  1. Kelvin Cochran:

    The essence of the Christian faith is a love without condition, sir, i have demonstrated that love in the fire service for 34 years. There’s not any person of any people group that has interacted with me for any measure of time that can say I have hate or disregard or discrimination in my heart for any people group.

  2. Jason Baron:

    I remain mystified by the fact that the use of a private e-mail account apparently went either unnoticed or unremarked upon during the four-year tenure in office of the former secretary, simply put, where was everyone ? Is there any record indicating that any lawyer, any FOIA officer, any records person, any high-level official ever respectfully confronted the former secretary with reasonable questions about the practice of sending e-mails from a private account ? It is unfathomable to me that this would not have been noticed and reported up the chain.

  3. David Harris:

    Any fatality, any shooting, any murder of a police officer is a tragedy for that officer, the family and society -- and any one of them is one too many, but there's no evidence of an open war on police. In fact, the evidence is to the contrary.

  4. John Fitzgerald Kennedy:

    Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty.

  5. E. J. Smith, 1907, Captain, RMS Titanic:

    When anyone asks me how I can best describe my experience in nearly forty years at sea, I merely say, uneventful. Of course there have been winter gales, and storms and fog and the like. But in all my experience, I have never been in any accident... or any sort worth speaking about. I have seen but one vessel in distress in all my years at sea. I never saw a wreck and never have been wrecked nor was I ever in any predicament that threatened to end in disaster of any sort.

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