- The definition of any is a quantity, and can be used in place of some or one.
An example of the use of the word any is when asking if there are some teabags in the cabinet.
- Any refers to a selection of several things.
An example of using the word any is to say that, when someone asks which day is good for an appointment, whichever day is good.
- Any is defined as an amount or degree.
An example of the word any is to ask if something is much longer than something else.
- Any can be used to refer in vague terms to a person or people.
An example of usage of the word any is to say that someone has achieved more than another.
- one, no matter which, of more than two: any pupil may answer
- some, no matter how much or how little, how many, or what kind: he can't tolerate any criticism
- without limit: entitled to any number of admissions
- even one; the least amount or number of: I haven't any dimes
- every: any child can do it
- of considerable size or extent: we won't be able to travel any distance before nightfall
Origin of anyMiddle English ani ; from Old English ænig ; from an, one; akin to German einig, Old Norse einigr
- One, some, every, or all without specification: Take any book you want. Are there any messages for me? Any child would love that. Give me any food you don't want.
- Exceeding normal limits, as in size or duration: The patient cannot endure chemotherapy for any length of time.
pron.(used with a sing. or pl. verb)
Origin of anyMiddle English ani, from Old English &aemac;nig; see oi-no- in Indo-European roots. Usage Note: The construction of any has been criticized by usage commentators for being illogical, but it has stood the test of time in respected usage. In our 2009 survey, 75 percent of the Usage Panel accepted it in He is the best known of any living playwright. • When used with the meaning “at all” to modify a verb, the adverb any has an informal ring to it and should probably be avoided in formal writing. In 2009, 70 percent of the Usage Panel rejected the sentences It didn't hurt any and If the baby cries any, give her the bottle.
- 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!
- 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
- No matter what kind.
- choose any items you want; any person may apply
- Any thing(s) or person(s).
- Any may apply.
Middle English eny, from Old English æniġ.