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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
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  • When you went to Germany after working on the destroyers did anyone ever question you about them over there?

    Secret Armies John L. Spivak
  • Third: We can't have anyone with us who does not carry his own weight.

    Despoilers of the Golden Empire Gordon Randall Garrett
  • She knows everything about her work, more than anyone else in Hollywood, they say.

    Spring Street James H. Richardson
  • Should anyone in the circle be hit by the bag he takes the place of the center toad.

  • He thought that he loved the mother of Anna better than anyone he had ever known.

    Little Tony of Italy Madeline Brandeis
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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