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[en-ee-thing] /ˈɛn iˌθɪŋ/
pronoun
1.
any thing whatever; something, no matter what:
Do you have anything for a toothache?
noun
2.
a thing of any kind.
adverb
3.
in any degree; to any extent; in any way; at all:
Does it taste anything like chocolate?
Idioms
4.
anything but, in no degree or respect; not in the least:
The plans were anything but definite.
5.
anything goes, any type of conduct, dress, speech, etc., is considered acceptable or valid or is likely to be encountered and tolerated:
That resort is a place where anything goes!
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English ani thing, eni thing, Old English ǣnig thing. See any, thing1
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Examples for anything
  • As a caver you never come across anything this vast.
  • Still the focal point of many interior living spaces, the latest fireplaces look anything but traditional.
  • Yet when it comes to neuroscience, no government or treaty stops anything.
  • But because an animal wags its tail and eats, nobody thinks there's anything wrong-not even to get into these big exotic animals.
  • It's a kind of magic trick that makes anything look better.
  • In any case, no one here has told me anything about that job.
  • It is too early to say whether geo-engineering or anything else will be part of this mix.
  • What a scared orphan elephant needs more than anything is other elephants.
  • Patients and families were desperate to try anything that might offer a longer term solution.
  • Perhaps more than anything else, it is the extraordinary architecture that takes a visitor's breath away.
British Dictionary definitions for anything

anything

/ˈɛnɪˌθɪŋ/
pronoun
1.
any object, event, action, etc, whatever anything might happen
noun
2.
a thing of any kind have you anything to declare?
adverb
3.
in any way he wasn't anything like his father
4.
anything but, by no means; not in the least she was anything but happy
5.
like anything, (intensifier; usually euphemistic) he ran like anything
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Word Origin and History for anything
n.

late Old English aniþing, from any + thing. But Old English ænig þinga apparently also meant "somehow, anyhow" (glossing Latin quoquo modo).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms and Phrases with anything
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