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[en-ee] /ˈɛn i/
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.
whatever or whichever it may be:
cheap at any price.
in whatever quantity or number, great or small; some:
Do you have any butter?
every; all:
Any schoolboy would know that. Read any books you find on the subject.
(following a negative) at all:
She can't endure any criticism.
an unspecified person or persons; anybody; anyone:
He does better than any before him.
a single one or ones; an unspecified thing or things; a quantity or number:
We don't have any left.
in whatever degree; to some extent; at all:
Do you feel any better?
any which way, in any manner whatever; indifferently or carelessly:
Doing your work any which way is just not good enough.
Origin of any
before 950; Middle English eni, ani, Old English ǣnig (Old English ān one + -ig -y1)
3. See some.
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  • Students set up another free speech wall, this time taping over any language that could be deemed offensive.
  • First, her lack of any undergraduate degree whatsoever.
  • New engine technology makes wind power more efficient in any weather.
  • That's the sound of doom for any smug boulder that thought it had defeated me.
  • The atmospheric phenomena can be seen globally in any season-and even on other worlds.
  • But almost any technical photographic challenge interested him.
  • Then this year it's the number one topic-more questions about peonies than any other subject.
  • The whole pixel can thus be tuned to reflect any desired colour.
  • The pd of any object sets its relative potential to its neighbours.
  • And in any case, stellar wobbles give no clue as to whether a planet is barren and rocky or bursting with alien beasties.
British Dictionary definitions for any


  1. one, some, or several, as specified, no matter how much or many, what kind or quality, etc: any cheese in the cupboard is yours, you may take any clothes you like
  2. (as pronoun; functioning as sing or plural): take any you like
(usually used with a negative)
  1. even the smallest amount or even one: I can't stand any noise
  2. (as pronoun; functioning as sing or plural): don't give her any
whatever or whichever; no matter what or which: any dictionary will do, any time of day
an indefinite or unlimited amount or number (esp in the phrases any amount or number): any number of friends
(usually used with a negative)
  1. (foll by a comparative adjective) to even the smallest extent: it isn't any worse now
  2. (not standard) at all: he doesn't care any
Word Origin
Old English ǣnig; related to Old Frisian ēnig, Old High German einag, Old Norse einigr anyone, Latin ūnicus unique; see an1, one
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Word Origin and History for any

Old English ænig "any, anyone," literally "one-y," from Proto-Germanic *ainagas (cf. Old Saxon enig, Old Norse einigr, Old Frisian enich, Dutch enig, German einig), from PIE *oi-no- "one, unique" (see one). The -y may have diminutive force here.

Emphatic form any old ______ (British variant: any bloody ______) is recorded from 1896. At any rate is recorded from 1847. Among the large family of compounds beginning with any-, anykyn "any kind" (c.1300) did not survive, and Anywhen (1831) is rarely used, but OED calls it "common in Southern [British] dialects."

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