Definition of anyone in English:



  • 1[usually with negative or in questions] Any person or people.

    ‘there wasn't anyone there’
    ‘does anyone remember him?’
    ‘I was afraid to tell anyone’
    • ‘If anyone has this piece, or remembers it better than me, feel free to put me right on this one.’
    • ‘I've not noticed anyone admiring the muscles and shoulder aches that go with it too.’
    • ‘If anyone wants to drive me to Bristol and back to see them in early May, I will buy their ticket to get in.’
    • ‘While she accepted she had to go, she said she had not deliberately misled anyone.’
    • ‘You should always ask for ID, and never let anyone into your home that you are not sure of.’
    • ‘So if anyone knows any TV producers pitch them the idea for me and point them in my direction.’
    • ‘If we employed anyone who wasn't family we would have to employ all sorts of safety measures.’
    • ‘My only hope is I can scrape through Christmas unscathed and not upset anyone too much.’
    • ‘‘I didn't know anyone there,’ she once admitted.’
    • ‘The leaflets will remind pensioners never to open their doors to anyone they are unsure of.’
    • ‘All of them looked like they never again wanted to see pain inflicted on anyone.’
    • ‘If anyone has more information on the subject, please feel free to add links in the comments.’
    • ‘If they do not want to go out and meet anyone, someone may also be deputed to meet them.’
    • ‘If anyone remembers him or knew him, I would be very glad to hear from you as soon as possible.’
    • ‘Has anyone ever commented about the lack of people with disabilities in the programme?’
    • ‘Somehow, the kitchen would be full of fabulous food without anyone going to any effort.’
    • ‘It is not thought anyone was in the building, which was once a ballroom and Corn Exchange.’
    • ‘This album is all kinds of good things and I would recommend it to anyone who likes lovely music.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, there didn't seem to be anyone around to pick up the phone.’
    • ‘Last night Charlotte begged anyone who had a copy of the footage to come forward.’
    1. 1.1[without negative]Used for emphasis.
      ‘anyone could do it’
      • ‘I enjoy travelling on fast roads with music blasting from the stereo as much as anyone else.’
      • ‘We respect the Brits more than anyone else, and this will take a long time to go.’
      • ‘In her eleven years of life she has yet to be dominated by anyone or anything.’
      • ‘They seem to know better than anyone what this feels like, what we're going through.’
      • ‘More than anyone, he needs to get it together if he wants to win the competition.’
      • ‘So hone your skills, get some samples and talk to anyone and everyone about what you can offer.’
      • ‘Even a cursory look at the new science GCSE is enough to give anyone pause for thought.’
      • ‘The danger now is that anyone who wants to change society will run a mile from active politics.’
      • ‘Heskey's got the power and pace to frighten anyone but must remember it's not a crime to use it.’
      • ‘Like anyone moving to the big bad world of a city, they have had to toughen up.’
      • ‘Of course, the truth is that they have been part of it for as long as anyone can remember.’
      • ‘I try to tell her that as she grows older her needs may be reduced but she is a woman who will not be told or driven by anyone.’
      • ‘Suffice it to say that Waugh might have trouble getting anyone to print his story today.’
      • ‘He wanted to find a way to bring down the cost of motoring so that anyone could do it.’
      • ‘Ducks have been part of the village scene in Bledington for as long as anyone can remember.’
      • ‘Francis had never been afraid of anyone for as long as I had known him, not even the oldest of the old.’
      • ‘It's hard to imagine anyone ever getting quite so worked up over these new buses.’
      • ‘Alternatively, anyone can take part in the coffee morning and hold their own event.’
      • ‘It is a shame it has to come to that before anyone realises how dangerous this road is.’
      • ‘Belfast are the strongest by far but, apart from them, anybody can beat anyone else.’
      • ‘Nothing special, just the normal adjustments anyone has to make as the body gets older.’
  • 2A person of importance or authority.

    ‘they are read by anyone who's anyone’
    • ‘Over the years, anyone who's anyone in the game has dropped by to play a round or two in the city.’
    • ‘Anyone who's anyone in the industry will be there!’


The two-word form any one is not the same as the one-word form anyone and the two forms cannot be used interchangeably. Any one means ‘any single (person or thing)’, as in: not more than twelve new members are admitted in any one year