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determiner, pronoun uk   /ˈen.i/ us  

any determiner, pronoun (SOME)

A1 some, or even the smallest amount or number of: Is there any of that lemon cake left? There was hardly any food left by the time we got there. "Is there some butter I could use?" "No, there's some margarine but there isn't any butter." "Is there any more soup?" "No, I'm afraid there isn't any left." I haven't seen any of his movies. I don't expect we'll have any more trouble from him. I go to church for weddings but not for any other reason. Are you sure there isn't any way of solving this problem?
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any determiner, pronoun (NOT IMPORTANT WHICH)

A1 one of or each of a particular type of person or thing when it is not important which: Any food would be better than nothing at all. "Which of these cakes may I eat?" "Any." The offer was that you could have any three items of clothing you liked for $30. informal On Sundays I just wear any old thing (= anything) that I happen to find lying around. Any of you should be able to answer this question. Any idiot with a basic knowledge of French should be able to book a hotel room in Paris. Any advice (= whatever advice) that you can give me would be greatly appreciated. Any minute/day/time now (= very soon) there's going to be a massive quarrel between those two. There were a lot of computers at the exhibition, any (one) of which would have suited me perfectly.
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any

adverb uk   /ˈen.i/ us  
B1 at all or in the least: Can't you run any faster? Those trousers don't look any different from the others. Are you feeling any better after your illness? Houses in this area used to be a real bargain, but they're not cheap any more (= now). This radio isn't any good (= it's useless) - I'll have to buy another. I used to walk to work every day, but not any longer (= not now). US informal I tried talking him out of it, but that didn't help any - he still left home.
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