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[en-ee-wuhn, -wuh n] /ˈɛn iˌwʌn, -wən/
any person at all; anybody:
Did anyone see the accident?
Origin of anyone
1350-1400; Middle English ani on. See any, one
Usage note
Anyone as a pronoun meaning “anybody” or “any person at all” is written as one word: Does anyone have the correct time? The two-word phrase any one means “any single member of a group of persons or things” and is often followed by of: Can any one of the members type? Any one of these books is exciting reading. Anyone is somewhat more formal than anybody. See also each, they. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for anyone
  • anyone who could read and write could serve as teacher.
  • anyone who wants less is lacking in ambition bewildered.
  • The idea that an online encyclopedia that anyone can edit can provide high-quality content is increasingly established.
  • New research suggests that appealing to feminine tastes throughout the animal kingdom is more complicated than anyone anticipated.
  • Here's a spot for anyone looking for a retreat rather than a resort.
  • The point is that their release is not going to make anyone better off.
  • What goes on within the human skull is more complex and fantastic than anyone imagined.
  • It's one of my favorite foods, and an essential pantry item for anyone interested in quick cooking.
  • anyone can contribute new items or edit an existing item.
  • No evidence that anyone has been wrongly evicted has yet been found.
British Dictionary definitions for anyone


/ˈɛnɪˌwʌn; -wən/
any person; anybody
(used with a negative or a question) a person of any importance: is he anyone in this town?
(often preceded by just) any person at random; no matter who
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for anyone

Old English, two words, from any + one. Old English also used ænigmon in this sense. One-word form from 1844.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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