any


any
an|y1 W1S1 [ˈeni] determiner, pron
1.) [usually in questions and negatives]
some or even the smallest amount or number
Have you got any money?
Do you need any further information?
any of
Are any of the paintings for sale?
They didn't invite any of us.
Are there any other questions?
They haven't shown any interest at all in my research.
The universities have shown few if any signs of a willingness to change.
2.) used to refer to a person or thing of a particular type when what you are saying is true of all people or things of that type
Any child who breaks the rules will be punished.
Always check the details carefully before you sign any written agreement.
I can see you any time on Monday.
If I can help in any way, let me know.
any of
You can choose any of the books on the list.
This excuse was as good as any other .
3.) as much as possible
They're going to need any help they can get.
4.) not just any (old) man/woman/job etc
used to say that someone or something is special
She's not just any actress, she's one of the best.
any old thing atold(10)
any old how atold
not in any way atway1 (40)
any 2
any2 S2 adv [usually in questions and negatives]
1.) used before the comparative form of an adjective to mean 'even a small amount'
I can't run any faster.
Are you feeling any better?
2.) not any more/longer
if something does not happen any more or any longer, it used to happen but does not happen now
Sarah doesn't live here any more.
He was told he wasn't wanted any longer.
3.) AmE spoken used with a verb to mean 'at all'
We tried talking to him but that didn't help any.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

Synonyms:
(of many), / (indefinitely), , ,


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