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’
    • ‘If there were any anomalies, no matter where they were marked, we would be challenging them.’
    • ‘It is not known if the councils are planning to take any action in the matter at this stage.’
    • ‘They are not making any comment on the matter and are awaiting the referee's report of the incident.’
    • ‘Spink is keen to see any examples of similar notes and will offer a free valuation to anyone who has any.’
    • ‘Not like you had any choice about the matter, packed lunches were banned, so you had to cough up.’
    • ‘It's important that you don't hold back any information, no matter how small you may think it is now.’
    • ‘Have any of you got any hints and tips for me?’
    • ‘Unless there are any other matters than those which we can address in a memorandum.’
    • ‘We were not asked or given the choice about any of the changes to our contracts of employment.’
    • ‘Not that any of that matters, but if these guys mess up again, an awful lot of people are going to get mad.’
    • ‘One in four of those questioned said they did not know nor had any view on the matter.’
    • ‘In this case they've solved a problem without referring to any of their memories.’
    • ‘If you've got any of your own tips, feel free to share in the comments section.’
    • ‘I don't want you to go, either, but it looks like we don't really have any choice in the matter.’
    • ‘He tiptoed around it, trying not to get any of the putrid matter slop onto his fluffy bunny slippers.’
    • ‘We have not commented here on any of the other matters covered in the Griffiths report.’
    • ‘Again, however, there is no provision for any of these matters to be met out of third party funds.’
    • ‘Whether or not it should be made available to everyone without any strictures is another matter.’
    • ‘They said they could not see any purpose in referring the matter back to the board.’
    • ‘None of these people has shown us or referred us to any specific documents in support of the information.’
    some, a piece of, a part of, a bit of
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    1. 1.1 Anyone:
      ‘the city council ceased payments to any but the aged’
      • ‘He doubted any would stop him if they'd seen his coat of arms.’
      • ‘And David said, Is there yet any that is left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan's sake?’
      • ‘Those who do not register in time to participate in the player selection system shall be ineligible, with these exceptions -- any who were sick or injured or any who became new permanent residents of the community after the selection.’
      • ‘Telling teachers they have to do more is not going to interest any but the most ardent and dedicated.’
      • ‘Buses will evacuate any who can't drive away.’
      • ‘It is not a term which would be used by any but cheese-makers.’
      anyone, anybody
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  • 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’
    • ‘Gentility and respectability are the last things people of any class wish to symbolise now.’
    • ‘It also expects to be a major beneficiary if any of the current proposals to extend pub hours are made law.’
    • ‘Boxing will be in for a treat if any of the class of 2004 show even a flash of their brilliance.’
    • ‘The ruling classes in any country never have at heart the best interests of their subjects.’
    • ‘She would always be the first one to raise a class discussion about any topic, in any class.’
    • ‘At the end of the year, more prefects were chosen from my class than from any other.’
    • ‘An hour spent with any of those people and you feel like clapping for joy, or asking if you can do it all again.’
    • ‘He is a world class player and any team would benefit from having him in the side.’
    • ‘He said that any fool could bet on a busted flush in poker, or swear that black is white, but that isn't a classic lie.’
    • ‘They'll be able to advise you on any parts of the class that are now unsuitable.’
    • ‘Officers have made more arrests for class A offences than any other county division.’
    • ‘The Rolling Stones, the Who and Led Zeppelin were liable to drop in at any hour, day or night.’
    • ‘Second, there is more material to be taught in any given class than there is time to teach it.’
    • ‘The work ethic culture has resulted in men working longer hours than in any other European country.’
    • ‘She cringed, remembering how Sara had asked her to take notes in any of the classes she would be missing.’
    • ‘Mostly though he breaks up the sentences so any fool would know to read them.’
    • ‘Prior to this illegally parked vehicles were clamped at any hour of the day or night.’
    • ‘At this stage you can whisk or stir in any chosen flavouring such as sweet chilli sauce.’
    • ‘Math always came easy to me, so I really don't ever have to pay attention in any math class.’
    • ‘The plug you see below the fitting is the only part of any of these that is visible, and even then is difficult to spot.’
    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 didn't grow any taller, but his messy red hair straightened out and became slightly more orange.’
    • ‘This, however, didn't make her feel any the better.’
    • ‘If it had gone on any longer we may well not have lived to tell the tale.’
    • ‘Before I go any further can I say that I am as guilty of this as many of you are out there.’
    • ‘He said often it was a lack of confidence or opportunity that stopped the young people going any further.’
    • ‘We wouldn't be any better a nation if the distillation process had never been discovered.’
    • ‘I find Europe so fascinating that I'd be quite happy if I never went any further again.’
    • ‘The support bus picked me up along with all the others who were too exhausted to go any further.’
    • ‘A more superstitious premier might have resolved not to tempt fate any further.’
    • ‘Two of the lads, David and Neil, said no one was any the worse for their experience.’
    • ‘Richard chose not to take it any further, but at the back of his mind he knew always knew something was not quite right.’
    • ‘As such it should not be allowed to influence our public life any further.’
    • ‘Luckily they don't have to scrape about any further as the survey is in again.’
    • ‘I don't think any good can come from filing a lawsuit against the jury.’
    • ‘Before we could go any further on the subject, he says he prefers to talk about art.’
    • ‘Ron said he decided to ring the Evening Press and place the advert before the rumour made it any further.’
    • ‘The third was due to start last week, but Customs indicated they would not be taking the case any further.’
    • ‘In less than a minute, they decide whether or not they want to take it 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.’
    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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Yes he has hit into bad luck, and the new defensive approach hasn't helped him any.’
      • ‘He has a slight limp due to a healed injury to a front foreleg, but that sure doesn't hinder him any!’
      • ‘It didn't seem to hurt 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’
      • ‘But seriously, does any amount of soft or hard science help in this kind of discussion?’
      • ‘Integrity is not something that can be bought with any amount of money.’
      • ‘They are unfazed by any amount of death, destruction, loss, tragedy, travesty.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Little by little you will be renewed from within yourself and be able to withstand any amount of stress.’
      • ‘New Orleans gets any amount of rain and they have got a water problem.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It's so simple that any old sailor and any old journalist can litigate it in less than two minutes.’
      • ‘My teachers would buy any old excuse for why I couldn't be at school.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Don't be ridiculous, I scolded, you're just trying to think up any old excuse so you can get up from the computer.’
      • ‘This wasn't just any old fad, though, but one which has dominated western eating habits for almost the last eight years.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 road, in Sports Personality of the Year, we the British public usually hit the nail on the head.’
      • ‘But, any road, don't buy shoes - they'll never fit.’
      • ‘On occasion, he would add: ‘They're vermin any road up - rainbow trout, ah mean.’’
  • any time (also anytime)

    • At whatever time:

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

    • informal Very soon:

      ‘we'll get them back any day now’
      • ‘My finger traced out his features as I suddenly became aware that any minute now, I would faint.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We are expecting companies to start putting in bids any time now and the process will take between four to six weeks to complete.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Seems like we ought to be hearing from her any time now.’
      • ‘She said: ‘Work will start any time now on the nature reserve, which will protect the wildlife currently living in Northwick Road.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘It could be any time now,’ Faldo said, with his wife expecting their first child, his fourth, on August 2.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘However, the girl was not having any of it she grabbed hold of Calsy's face and forced him to look at her.’
      • ‘My wife however, is not having any of it.’
      • ‘Anthony apologized, but she was not having any of it.’
      • ‘Christie is not having any of it: ‘I hear that all the time, but I'm not the slightest bit alarmed on the road.’’
      • ‘They must have seen its phony optimism plain, and, after four years of war, were not having any.’
  • 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’
      • ‘And not just any fella; one with what is patently a made-up name.’
      • ‘Again, a music festival is not just any other ordinary event.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Just wondering how some people will react to the news that Ellen DeGeneres has gotten a new gig, not just any job, mind you.’
      • ‘The new buildings are not just any old structures either.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It was yellow, and not just any yellow, but sinister yellow.’
      • ‘She needed to get herself a bike, and not just any ordinary bike.’
      • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

any

/ˈɛni/