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anyone

[en-ee-wuhn, -wuh n]
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pronoun
  1. any person at all; anybody: Did anyone see the accident?

Origin of anyone

First recorded in 1350–1400, anyone is from the Middle English word 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.
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Historical Examples

  • 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?

  • She was more genuine with K. than with anyone else, even herself.

    K

    Mary Roberts Rinehart


British Dictionary definitions for anyone

anyone

pronoun
  1. any person; anybody
  2. (used with a negative or a question) a person of any importanceis he anyone in this town?
  3. (often preceded by just) any person at random; no matter who
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Word Origin and History for anyone

n.

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