anything
Pronunciation
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈɛn.i.θɪŋ/
  • (Ireland) IPA: /ˈæ.ni.θɪŋ/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈɛ.nɪ.θɪŋ/, /ˈɛ.ni.θɪŋ/
  • (Aus) IPA: /ˈɛ.nə.θɪŋ/
Pronoun
  1. Any object, act, state, event, or fact whatever; a thing of any kind; something or other.
    I would not do it for anything.
    Synonyms: aught
    • 1892, Walter Besant, “Prologue: Who is Edmund Gray?”, in The Ivory Gate: A Novel, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers, […], OCLC 16832619 ↗:
      Thus, when he drew up instructions in lawyer language […] his clerks […] understood him very well. If he had written a love letter, or a farce, or a ballade, or a story, no one, either clerks, or friends, or compositors, would have understood anything but a word here and a word there.
  2. (with “as” or “like”) Expressing an indefinite comparison.
Translations
  • French: n’importe quoi, (in negative sentences) rien
  • German: irgendetwas, irgendwas
  • Italian: qualunque cosa, qualsiasi cosa, niente
  • Portuguese: qualquer coisa
  • Russian: всё, что уго́дно
  • Spanish: cualquier cosa
Noun

anything (plural anythings)

  1. Someone or something of importance.
Translations
  • Portuguese: qualquer coisa
Adverb

anything (not comparable)

  1. In any way, any extent or any degree.
    That isn't anything like a car.
    She's not anything like as strong as me.



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