any
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈɛnɪ/
  • (British) IPA: /ˈɛni/, /ˈæni/
  • (Ireland) IPA: /ˈæni/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈɛni/
    • (pin-pen) IPA: /ˈɪni/
  • (America) homophones en (pin-pen)

Adverb

any (not comparable)

  1. To even the slightest extent, at all.
    I will not remain here any longer.
    If you get any taller, you'll start having to duck through doorways!
    That doesn't bother me any. (chiefly US usage)
    • 1934, Rex Stout, Fer-de-Lance, 1992 Bantam edition, ISBN 0553278193, page 58:
      I wasn't any too easy in my mind.
Translations
Determiner
  1. (negative polarity item) At least one; of at least one kind. One at all.
    Do you have any biscuits?
    Do you have any food?
    I haven't got any money.
    It won't do you any good.
    • Bible, Gospel of Matthew xi. 27
      No man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son.
  2. No matter what kind.
    Choose any items you want.
    Any person may apply.
    Press any key to continue.
    • 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter I, in The Purchase Price: Or The Cause of Compromise, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 639762314 ↗, page 0108 ↗:
      This new-comer was a man who in any company would have seemed striking. In complexion fair, and with blue or gray eyes, he was tall as any Viking, as broad in the shoulder.
Translations
  • French: (with a negative particle) aucun
  • German: (interrogative or conditional; singular) irgendein; (interrogative or conditional; plural) irgendwelche; (negative) kein, überhaupt kein
  • Italian: qualche
  • Portuguese: algum
  • Russian: како́й-нибудь
Translations
Pronoun
  1. Any thing(s) or person(s).
    Any may apply.
Translations


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