Any Definition

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.
American Heritage
One, no matter which, of more than two.
Any pupil may answer.
Webster's New World
Exceeding normal limits, as in size or duration.
The patient cannot endure chemotherapy for any length of time.
American Heritage
Some, no matter how much or how little, how many, or what kind.
He can't tolerate any criticism.
Webster's New World
Without limit.
Entitled to any number of admissions.
Webster's New World
Any one or more persons, things, or quantities.
American Heritage
Any one or ones; any amount or number.
Webster's New World
Any thing(s) or person(s).
Any may apply.
To any degree or extent; at all.
Is he any better this morning?
Webster's New World
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.

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Any

Origin of Any

  • Middle English ani from Old English ǣnig oi-no- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English eny, from Old English æniġ.

    From Wiktionary

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