any: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (en'ē), [key]
— adj.
  1. one, a, an, or some; one or more without specification or identification: If you have any witnesses, produce them. Pick out any six you like.
  2. whatever or whichever it may be: cheap at any price.
  3. in whatever quantity or number, great or small; some: Do you have any butter?
  4. every; all: Any schoolboy would know that. Read any books you find on the subject.
  5. (following a negative) at all: She can't endure any criticism.
  1. an unspecified person or persons; anybody; anyone: He does better than any before him.
  2. a single one or ones; an unspecified thing or things; a quantity or number: We don't have any left.
  1. in whatever degree; to some extent; at all: Do you feel any better?
  2. in any manner whatever; indifferently or carelessly: Doing your work any which way is just not good enough.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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