Definition of any in English:

any

pronoun & determiner

  • 1[usually with negative or in questions] Used to refer to one or some of a thing or number of things, no matter how much or how many.

    [as determiner] ‘I don't have any choice’
    ‘do you have any tips to pass on?’
    [as pronoun] ‘someone asked him for a match, but Joe didn't have any’
    ‘you don't know any of my friends’
    some, a piece of, a part of, a bit of
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    1. 1.1Anyone.
      ‘the city council ceased payments to any but the aged’
  • 2Whichever of a specified class might be chosen.

    [as determiner] ‘these constellations are visible at any hour of the night’
    [as pronoun] ‘the illness may be due to any of several causes’
    whichever, whichever comes to hand, no matter which, never mind which
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adverb

  • 1[usually with negative or in questions], [as submodifier] At all; in some degree (used for emphasis)

    ‘he wasn't any good at basketball’
    ‘why look any further?’
    ‘no one would be any the wiser’
    • ‘He said often it was a lack of confidence or opportunity that stopped the young people going any further.’
    • ‘The third was due to start last week, but Customs indicated they would not be taking the case any further.’
    • ‘Two of the lads, David and Neil, said no one was any the worse for their experience.’
    • ‘A more superstitious premier might have resolved not to tempt fate any further.’
    • ‘As such it should not be allowed to influence our public life any further.’
    • ‘We wouldn't be any better a nation if the distillation process had never been discovered.’
    • ‘Richard chose not to take it any further, but at the back of his mind he knew always knew something was not quite right.’
    • ‘Before we could go any further on the subject, he says he prefers to talk about art.’
    • ‘I find Europe so fascinating that I'd be quite happy if I never went any further again.’
    • ‘He didn't grow any taller, but his messy red hair straightened out and became slightly more orange.’
    • ‘Ron said he decided to ring the Evening Press and place the advert before the rumour made it any further.’
    • ‘In less than a minute, they decide whether or not they want to take it any further.’
    • ‘I don't think any good can come from filing a lawsuit against the jury.’
    • ‘Luckily they don't have to scrape about any further as the survey is in again.’
    • ‘This, however, didn't make her feel any the better.’
    • ‘The support bus picked me up along with all the others who were too exhausted to go any further.’
    • ‘If it were to stretch any further they'd be rolling up their trousers and paddling in the icy North Sea.’
    • ‘We hope he has a good accountant and focuses mainly on what he is good at, in order not to confuse people any further.’
    • ‘Before I go any further can I say that I am as guilty of this as many of you are out there.’
    • ‘If it had gone on any longer we may well not have lived to tell the tale.’
    at all, in the least, to any extent, to some extent, somewhat, in any degree, to some degree
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    1. 1.1US informal At all (used alone, not qualifying another word)
      ‘I didn't hurt you any’
      • ‘She’s a tiny creature but I don’t think that should hinder her any.’
      • ‘He has a slight limp due to a healed injury to a front foreleg, but that sure doesn't hinder him any!’
      • ‘At this point in his life we do not want him to be a part of it either, we don't want to confuse him any, as far as he is concerned I am his Dad.’
      • ‘It didn't seem to hurt him any.’
      • ‘Yes he has hit into bad luck, and the new defensive approach hasn't helped him any.’

Usage

When used as a pronoun any can be used with either a singular or a plural verb, depending on the context: we needed more sugar but there wasn't any left (singular verb) or are any of the new videos available? (plural verb)

Phrases

  • any amount of

    • A great deal or number of.

      ‘the second half produced any amount of action’
      • ‘New Orleans gets any amount of rain and they have got a water problem.’
      • ‘But seriously, does any amount of soft or hard science help in this kind of discussion?’
      • ‘I don't think there is any amount of pressure that can be exerted from Australia that's going to make the difference.’
      • ‘There is just no reason that any amount of government money or ‘counseling’ will change this.’
      • ‘They are unfazed by any amount of death, destruction, loss, tragedy, travesty.’
      • ‘Integrity is not something that can be bought with any amount of money.’
      • ‘It has lots of fun things for cheap, but it's a hassle to go there and spend any amount of time buying things for my survival.’
      • ‘Little by little you will be renewed from within yourself and be able to withstand any amount of stress.’
      • ‘You cannot quite escape the war anywhere, resulting in reams of exasperation that cannot be dealt with by any amount of ranting.’
  • any old

    • Any item of a specified type (used to show that no particular individual is in question)

      ‘any old room would have done’
      • ‘Over the weekend however, I hope I was able to show that any old hack can get in a bus and go up the mountain for a few days.’
      • ‘But the press cannot seriously claim to be acting as public watchdog when it publishes any old rubbish.’
      • ‘Just feeding it into any old shredder will do just fine.’
      • ‘This wasn't just any old fad, though, but one which has dominated western eating habits for almost the last eight years.’
      • ‘Acting is a refined craft that takes years to perfect and isn't something that can just be knocked out by any old Joe Schmoe.’
      • ‘My teachers would buy any old excuse for why I couldn't be at school.’
      • ‘Don't be ridiculous, I scolded, you're just trying to think up any old excuse so you can get up from the computer.’
      • ‘It's so simple that any old sailor and any old journalist can litigate it in less than two minutes.’
      • ‘People are saying they don't want any old tat, they want to find quality and they want to find a bargain, that is special and unique.’
      • ‘I decided last year that I wasn't going to go on applying for just any old office job just because I need the money.’
  • any road (up)

    • ‘any road, I'm sure you'll make a go of it’
      informal term for anyway
      • ‘But there was a flag up any road for something or other.’
      • ‘On occasion, he would add: ‘They're vermin any road up - rainbow trout, ah mean.’’
      • ‘But, any road, don't buy shoes - they'll never fit.’
      • ‘Any road, in Sports Personality of the Year, we the British public usually hit the nail on the head.’
      • ‘There'll be all this worry that he should be opening, but come 10.45 on Thursday, England'll be 2-2 and Vaughan'll be at the crease like an opener any road.’
  • any time (also anytime)

    • At whatever time.

      ‘she can come any time’
      • ‘Gerald's new life is a testament to his independence, but he is able to return home any time he wishes.’
      • ‘It's been scary knowing they were on the loose and could strike again, any time.’
      • ‘A full-back by the name of Larus Sigurdsson flattened him any time he went near the ball.’
      • ‘I am writing to complain about people who light bonfires any time, day or night.’
      • ‘Kevin Hayes stood in front of Cusack any time he tried to take a quick puck-out.’
      • ‘The club has a library with a gymnasium where anyone can walk in any time to relax and unwind.’
      • ‘Federal registration could be granted anytime.’
      • ‘Contestants can make their move any time, with sneaky surprise a distinct advantage.’
      • ‘They also freeze quite well so you can pull them out of your freezer and enjoy them any time.’
      • ‘The centre presented Heather with a gold card allowing her to visit any time.’
  • any time (or day or minute etc.) now

    • informal Very soon.

      ‘we'll get them back any day now’
      • ‘We are expecting companies to start putting in bids any time now and the process will take between four to six weeks to complete.’
      • ‘‘It could be any time now,’ Faldo said, with his wife expecting their first child, his fourth, on August 2.’
      • ‘Actually, there are two more positions that should be posted any time now and I've been asked to apply for both, so there's even more opportunity for growth.’
      • ‘Two new books are out on the subject, two others will be out any day now, and the Spitzer data will soon be in print.’
      • ‘My finger traced out his features as I suddenly became aware that any minute now, I would faint.’
      • ‘She said: ‘Work will start any time now on the nature reserve, which will protect the wildlife currently living in Northwick Road.’’
      • ‘‘All the calves are doing really well - and we're expecting another one any time now,’ said reserve manager Chris Lawrence.’
      • ‘Plus, she couldn't shake that feeling that they were going to get caught soon, that this fun would end, any day now.’
      • ‘Seems like we ought to be hearing from her any time now.’
      • ‘Bobby Williamson, the man Hibs hope to unveil as Sauzee's successor any time now, had no managerial experience when he was asked to take over the reins at Kilmarnock in 1996.’
      in a second, in a minute, in a moment, in a trice, in a flash, shortly, any second, any minute, any minute now, in a short time, in an instant, in less than no time, in no time at all, in next to no time, before you know it, before long
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  • be not having any (of it)

    • informal Be uninterested or disagree.

      ‘I tried to make polite conversation, but he wasn't having any’
      • ‘Christie is not having any of it: ‘I hear that all the time, but I'm not the slightest bit alarmed on the road.’’
      • ‘My wife however, is not having any of it.’
      • ‘Anthony apologized, but she was not having any of it.’
      • ‘Lucy and Misty were fine all taking their tablets between two pieces of ham, but when it came to Eric he was not having any of it and the tablet rolled away.’
      • ‘He demanded money from the shopkeeper, who bravely picked up a piece of metal and told him he was not having any.’
      • ‘They must have seen its phony optimism plain, and, after four years of war, were not having any.’
      • ‘However, the girl was not having any of it she grabbed hold of Calsy's face and forced him to look at her.’
  • not just any ——

    • A particular or special thing of its type rather than any ordinary one of that type.

      ‘he had an acting job at last, and not just any part, but the lead in a new film’
      • ‘Again, a music festival is not just any other ordinary event.’
      • ‘She needed to get herself a bike, and not just any ordinary bike.’
      • ‘Yes, these prizes are not just any old give-aways you get in some newspapers, they are tailor-made for the discerning readers of this column.’
      • ‘He knew, that the fifth was a thief, not just any ordinary thief, but one who had more brains than the others of his guild.’
      • ‘This is not just any job; it is what may well be the second most powerful position in the United States government.’
      • ‘Now that I had the money, I wanted a real Harris tweed jacket, and not just any Harris tweed jacket but a thick one, with more tweed in it than other tweed jackets.’
      • ‘And not just any fella; one with what is patently a made-up name.’
      • ‘The new buildings are not just any old structures either.’
      • ‘It was yellow, and not just any yellow, but sinister yellow.’
      • ‘Just wondering how some people will react to the news that Ellen DeGeneres has gotten a new gig, not just any job, mind you.’

Origin

Old English ǣnig (see one, -y), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch eenig and German einig.

Pronunciation:

any

/ˈɛni/