any

any [en′ē]
adj.
[ME ani < OE ænig < an, ONE; akin to Ger einig, ON einigr]
1. one, no matter which, of more than two [any pupil may answer]
2. some, no matter how much or how little, how many, or what kind [he can't tolerate any criticism]
3. without limit [entitled to any number of admissions]
4. even one; the least amount or number of [I haven't any dimes]
5. every [any child can do it]
6. of considerable size or extent [we won't be able to travel any distance before nightfall]
pron.
(sing. & pl.)
any one or ones; any amount or number
adv.
to any degree or extent; at all [is he any better this morning?]

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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  • Any — A ny, a. & pron. [OE. [ae]ni[yogh], [ae]ni, eni, ani, oni, AS. [=ae]nig, fr. [=a]n one. It is akin to OS. [=e]nig, OHG. einic, G. einig, D. eenig. See {One}.] 1. One indifferently, out of an indefinite number; one indefinitely, whosoever or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Any — A ny, adv. To any extent; in any degree; at all. [1913 Webster] You are not to go loose any longer. Shak. [1913 Webster] Before you go any farther. Steele. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • any — I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Old English ǣnig; akin to Old High German einag any, Old English ān one more at one Date: before 12th century 1. one or some indiscriminately of whatever kind: a. one or another taken at random < ask… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • Any more — More More, n. 1. A greater quantity, amount, or number; that which exceeds or surpasses in any way what it is compared with. [1913 Webster] And the children of Israel did so, and gathered, some more, some less. Ex. xvi. 17. [1913 Webster] 2. That …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Any whither — Whither Whith er, adv. [OE. whider. AS. hwider; akin to E. where, who; cf. Goth. hvadr[=e] whither. See {Who}, and cf. {Hither}, {Thither}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To what place; used interrogatively; as, whither goest thou? Whider may I flee? Chaucer …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • any Service member mail — The point at which a missile trajectory or a satellite orbit is farthest from the center of the gravitational field of the controlling body or bodies …   Military dictionary

  • At any rate — Any A ny, a. & pron. [OE. [ae]ni[yogh], [ae]ni, eni, ani, oni, AS. [=ae]nig, fr. [=a]n one. It is akin to OS. [=e]nig, OHG. einic, G. einig, D. eenig. See {One}.] 1. One indifferently, out of an indefinite number; one indefinitely, whosoever or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • In any case — Any A ny, a. & pron. [OE. [ae]ni[yogh], [ae]ni, eni, ani, oni, AS. [=ae]nig, fr. [=a]n one. It is akin to OS. [=e]nig, OHG. einic, G. einig, D. eenig. See {One}.] 1. One indifferently, out of an indefinite number; one indefinitely, whosoever or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • By any means — Mean Mean, n. 1. That which is mean, or intermediate, between two extremes of place, time, or number; the middle point or place; middle rate or degree; mediocrity; medium; absence of extremes or excess; moderation; measure. [1913 Webster] But to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • At any hand — Hand Hand (h[a^]nd), n. [AS. hand, hond; akin to D., G., & Sw. hand, OHG. hant, Dan. haand, Icel. h[ o]nd, Goth. handus, and perh. to Goth. hin[thorn]an to seize (in comp.). Cf. {Hunt}.] 1. That part of the fore limb below the forearm or wrist in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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