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Meaning of “any” in the English Dictionary

"any" in British English

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anydeterminer, pronoun

uk   us   /ˈen.i/
  • any determiner, pronoun (SOME)

A1 some, or ​even the ​smallestamount or ​number of: Is there any of that ​lemoncakeleft? There was ​hardly any ​foodleft 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 moresoup?" "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 moretrouble from him. I go to ​church for ​weddings but not for any otherreason. 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 ​particulartype 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 ​findlying around. Any of you should be ​able to ​answer this ​question. Any ​idiot with a ​basicknowledge of ​French should be ​able to ​book a ​hotelroom in Paris. Any ​advice (= whatever ​advice) that you can give me would be ​greatlyappreciated. Any minute/​day/​time now (= very ​soon) there's going to be a ​massivequarrel 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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anyadverb

uk   us   /ˈen.i/
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 ​yourillness? Houses in this ​area used to be a ​realbargain, 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 ​triedtalking him out of it, but that didn't ​help any - he still ​lefthome.

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(Definition of any from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"any" in American English

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anyadjective, pronoun

 us   /ˈen·i/
  • any adjective, pronoun (SOME)

(used in ​negativestatements and ​questions) some, or ​even the ​smallestamount (of): We didn’t have any ​idea what the ​airfare would be. There was ​hardly any ​snow this ​winter. Is there any ​hope that he will ​recover? Are any of the ​concerts on a ​Saturdaynight?
  • any adjective, pronoun (NOT IMPORTANT WHICH)

one of or each of, or a ​statedamount of (something that is more than one or has a ​number of ​parts), without saying which ​particularpart is ​meant: You can have any three ​items of ​clothing you like for $30. Any ​advice that you can give me would be ​greatlyappreciated. They should be here any ​minute (= ​soon). Any way you ​look at it, the ​investment was a ​badidea. I ​saw some ​beautifulcars at the ​auto show, any of which I’d like to have.

anyadverb [not gradable]

 us   /ˈen·i/
at all or in the least: I can’t say any more. He wasn’t any ​smarter than I was. If she comes any ​later, we’ll ​miss the show.
(Definition of any from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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