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[en-ee-wey] /ˈɛn iˌweɪ/
in any case; anyhow; nonetheless; regardless:
Whether you like it or not, I'm going anyway.
(used to continue or resume the thread of a story or account):
Anyway, we finally found a plumber who could come right over.
Origin of anyway
1150-1200; Middle English ani wei. See any, way1
Usage note
The adverb anyway is spelled as one word: It was snowing hard, but we drove to the play anyway. The two-word phrase any way means “in any manner”: Finish the job any way you choose. If the words “in the” can be substituted for “any,” the two-word phrase is called for: Finish the job in the way you choose. If the substitution cannot be made, the spelling is anyway. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for anyway
  • Proponents say that illegal means illegal, and they shouldn't be here anyway.
  • Not in the traditional meet-the-public and kiss-the-babies sense, anyway.
  • And even if programs refuse to cooperate, the council has a number of alternative strategies for rating them anyway.
  • And unless you have diabetes, blood sugar remains generally stable anyway.
  • Not that it matters, as it isn't really what the sentence you quoted was about anyway.
  • Subscribe anyway and donate your citrus to a food bank.
  • Merry go rounds are on their way out of parks anyway.
  • And many pragmatists feel that tenure is no longer a guarantee anyway.
  • Wendy- you ask if there is anyway elephants can be bred to be tuskless.
  • We left a little memorial card and some flowers anyway.
British Dictionary definitions for anyway


in any case; at any rate; nevertheless; anyhow
in a careless or haphazard manner
Usually any way. in any manner; by any means
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for anyway

1560s, any way "in any manner;" variant any ways (with adverbial genitive) attested from c.1560. One-word form predominated from 1830s. As an adverbial conjunction, from 1859. Middle English in this sense had ani-gates "in any way, somehow" (c.1400).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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