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Meaning of any by Wiktionary Dictionary



    Old English æniġ .


    • ( UK ) IPA: /ˈɛnɪ/, SAMPA: /"EnI/
    • ( US ) IPA: /ˈɛni/, SAMPA: /"Eni/
    • Rhymes: -ɛni
    • ( Ireland ) IPA: /ˈæni/, SAMPA: /"{ni/


    any ( not comparable )

    1. To even the slightest extent, at all .
      I will not remain here any longer .
      If you get any taller, you'll start having to duck through doorways!
      • 1934, Rex Stout, Fer-de-Lance, 1992 Bantam edition, ISBN 0553278193, page 58:
        I wasn't any too easy in my mind .



    1. ( Can we clean up( + ) this sense? ) A guaranteed selection from ( a set ). At least one, sometimes more ( of a set ) .
      Choose any items you want .
      Any person may apply .
      ( With negative: ) I haven't got any money .
      It won't do you any good .

    Derived terms

    See also

    • some



    1. Any thing( s ) or person( s ) .
      Any may apply .


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    • Ayn, AYN
    • nay, NAY
    • NYA
    • yan

Explanation of any by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. to any degree or extent

    2. it isn't any better
    1. one or some or every or all without specification

    2. give me any peaches you don't want; give me whatever peaches you don't want; no milk whatsoever is left
      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

    Definition of any by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Any a. & pron. [OE. æniȝ, æni, eni, ani, oni, AS. ǣnig, fr. ān one. It is akin to OS. ēnig, OHG. einic, G. einig, D. eenig. See One.]
      1. One indifferently, out of an indefinite number; one indefinitely, whosoever or whatsoever it may be.

      ☞ Any is often used in denying or asserting without limitation; as, this thing ought not be done at any time; I ask any one to answer my question.

      No man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son. Matt. xi. 27.

      2. Some, of whatever kind, quantity, or number; as, are there any witnesses present? are there any other houses like it? “Who will show us any good?” Ps. iv. 6.

      It is often used, either in the singular or the plural, as a pronoun, the person or thing being understood; anybody; anyone; ( pl. ) any persons.

      If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, . . . and it shall be given him. Jas. i. 5.

      That if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem. Acts ix. 2.

      At any rate, In any case, whatever may be the state of affairs; anyhow.

    2. Any, adv. To any extent; in any degree; at all.

      You are not to go loose any longer. Shak.

      Before you go any farther. Steele.