from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. One, some, every, or all without specification: Take any book you want. Are there any messages for me? Any child would love that. Give me any food you don't want.
- adj. Exceeding normal limits, as in size or duration: The patient cannot endure chemotherapy for any length of time.
- pro. Any one or more persons, things, or quantities.
- adv. To any degree or extent; at all: didn't feel any better.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adv. To even the slightest extent, at all.
- At least one; of at least one kind. One at all.
- No matter what kind.
- pro. Any thing(s) or person(s).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. One indifferently, out of an indefinite number; one indefinitely, whosoever or whatsoever it may be.
- adj. Some, of whatever kind, quantity, or number; as, are there any witnesses present? are there any other houses like it?
- adv. To any extent; in any degree; at all.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In the singular, one, a or an, some; in the plural, some: indeterminately distributed, implying unlimited choice as to the particular unit, number, or quantity, and hence subordinately as to quality, whichever, of whatever quantity or kind; an indeterminate unit or number of units out of many or all.
- [In affirmative sentences, any, being indeterminate in application, in effect has reference to every unit of the sort mentioned, and thus may be nearly equivalent to every: as, any schoolboy would know that; any attempt to evade the law will be resisted: so in anybody, any one, anything, etc.
- When any is preceded by a negative, expressed or implied, the two are together equivalent to an emphatic negative, ‘none at all,’ ‘not even one’: as, there has never been any doubt about that.
- In the singular, one, some; in the plural, some: indeterminately distributed in the same uses as the adjective, and used absolutely or followed by of in partitive construction: with reference to persons, any one, anybody; in the plural, any persons.
- [In this sense it might formerly have a possessive.
- In any degree; to any extent; at all: especially used with comparatives, as any better, any worse, any more, any less, any sooner, any later, any longer, etc.
- Also, in negative and interrogative sentences, used absolutely: as, it didn't rain any here; did it hurt him any?
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adv. to any degree or extent
- adj. one or some or every or all without specification
Middle English ani, from Old English ǣnig; see oi-no- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English eny, from Old English æniġ. (Wiktionary)