What does any mean?

Definitions for any
ˈɛn iany

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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"


  1. any(Adverb)

    To even the slightest extent, at all.

    Etymology: eny, from ænig.

  2. any(Adverb)

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

    Etymology: eny, from ænig.

  3. any(Adverb)

    No matter what kind.

    Etymology: eny, from ænig.

  4. any(Pronoun)

    Any thing(s) or person(s).

    Any may apply.

    Etymology: eny, from ænig.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Any

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

    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.]

  2. Any

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

    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.]

  3. Any(adverb)

    to any extent; in any degree; at all

    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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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, AYN

  2. yan

  3. nay, NAY

  4. NYA

  5. Ayn

  6. Nay

How to pronounce any?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say any in sign language?

  1. any


  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. Suzanne Perry:

    I was selling it in order to maintain my staff for a few more weeks until we can get through this and figure it out so I didn't entertain any of those low-ball offers.

  2. President Trump:

    In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country, so true.

  3. Jeremy Zirin:

    The reason the Fed would raise rates is because growth dynamics are picking up, which would ultimately be a tailwind for markets, though markets will likely challenge that view with volatility, we remain constructive that equities will grind higher over the course of 2015, but there will be some volatility based on any changes to the view of when the Fed will announce its first rate hike.

  4. Joe Biden:

    This is an understandable response from Democrats who desperately don't want to see( Trump) reelected president, my guess is we would have done the same thing for any Democrats that are attacked in the primary.

  5. Entrepreneur Jonathan Yaney:

    SpinLaunch fills this gap by providing dedicated orbital launch with high frequency at a magnitude lower cost than any current niche launch system, this will truly be a disruptive enabler for the emerging commercial space industry. There is a promising market surge in the demand for LEO constellations of inexpensive small satellites for disaster monitoring, weather, reconnaissance, communications and other services.

Images & Illustrations of any

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