[en-ee-wuhn, -wuh n]
- any person at all; anybody: Did anyone see the accident?
Origin of anyone
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.
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Examples from the Web for anyone
The scene was heavily cordoned off to traffic and anyone not with the police, press, or residents.Police Hunt for Paris Massacre Suspects
Tracy McNicoll, Christopher Dickey
January 7, 2015
The injunction, she argued, only applies to these four plaintiffs—not to anyone else.The Back Alley, Low Blow-Ridden Fight to Stop Gay Marriage in Florida Is Finally Over
January 5, 2015
Anyone who tries to draw attention to threats instead of quietly burying them is worsening the problem.Cover-Ups and Concern Trolls: Actually, It's About Ethics in Suicide Journalism
January 3, 2015
Liberals distrust business and anyone with power—better to tell them exactly what to do.Red Tape Is Strangling Good Samaritans
Philip K. Howard
December 27, 2014
And not that anyone would know I have a self-protective urge, but I do have one.Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination
December 26, 2014
I'd 'a' felt foolish to have anyone know jest why I was makin' the trip.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Anyone else can demonstrate it who chooses to make the experiment.
My "job" could not be "swung" by anyone else, since everyone else is essential to the swinging of his own.
Will anyone pretend that England has not the best of this striking difference?A Treatise on Parents and Children
George Bernard Shaw
She was more genuine with K. than with anyone else, even herself.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
- any person; anybody
- (used with a negative or a question) a person of any importanceis he anyone in this town?
- (often preceded by just) any person at random; no matter who
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Word Origin and History for anyone
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