- One or some; no matter which: Take any book you want. Do you have any information on ancient Roman architecture?
a. No matter how many or how few; some: Are there any oranges left?
b. No matter how much or how little: Is there any milk left?
- Every: Any dog likes meat.
- 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
Any person or thing or any persons or things; anybody or anything: We haven't any left. Any of the people behind the front desk can help you.
To any degree or extent; at all: The patient didn't feel any better after the treatment.
Origin of any
Middle English ani from
Old English ǣnig
; 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.