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English definition of “anyway”


adverb     /ˈen.i.weɪ/ (also anyhow)
A2 whatever else is happening, without considering other things: Of course I don't mind taking you home - I'm going that way anyway. "I thought you said everyone had left." "Well, some of them have anyway." Her parents were opposed to her giving up her course, but she did it anyway.Connecting words joining words or phrases with similar or related meanings A2 In conversation, anyway is also used to change the subject, return to an earlier subject, or get to the most interesting point: Anyway, as I said, I'll be away next week. Anyway, in the end I didn't wear your jacket. What was he doing with so much of the company's money in his personal account anyway?Connecting words joining words or phrases with similar or related meanings B1 used to give a more important reason for something that you are saying: I don't have time to go, and anyway it's too expensive.Connecting words joining words or phrases with similar or related meanings Grammar:AnywayAnyway is an adverb.See moreGrammar:Anyway meaning ‘in spite of …’We use anyway to contrast reasons or situations that have already been mentioned. It is usually used in end position:See moreGrammar:Anyway as a discourse markerSee moreGrammar:Anyway meaning ‘at least’We can use anyway in a similar way to ‘at least’ to limit a statement.See moreGrammar:Adverbs as discourse markers (anyway, finally)Discourse markers organise longer pieces of conversation or text. They can mark the openings or closings of conversations, changes in topics, and other functions connected with organising a conversation or text. Most discourse markers belong to the class of adverbs.See more
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