Definition of anyone in English:

anyone

pronoun

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

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

Usage

Any one is not the same as anyone, and the two forms should not be used interchangeably. Any one, meaning ‘any single (person or thing),’ is written as two words to emphasize singularity: any one of us could do the job; not more than ten new members are chosen in any one year. Otherwise it is written as one word: anyone who wants to come is welcome. Note that this distinction is structurally similar to, although not identical with, the difference between every day and everyday: see everyday

Pronunciation:

anyone

/ˈenēˌwən/