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"anything" in British English

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anythingpronoun

uk   /ˈen.i.θɪŋ/  us   /ˈen.i.θɪŋ/
  • anything pronoun (SOMETHING)

A1 used in questions and negatives to mean "something": Is there anything I can do to help? Was there anything else you wanted to say or is that it? Do you have anything less expensive? Let me know if anything happens, won't you? I didn't know anything about computers till I started this job. I was looking for a birthday present for my mother but I didn't find anything suitable. Did you notice anything strange about him? Spending Christmas with him and his brother - I can't imagine anything worse! If he eats anything with wheat in it he's very sick. "What did you do over the weekend?" "I don't think we did anything much."

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  • anything pronoun (ANY OBJECT/SITUATION)

A1 any event, act, object, or situation: He said I could order anything on the menu. She could be anything (= any age) between 30 and 40.

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

"anything" in American English

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anythingpronoun

 us   /ˈen·iˌθɪŋ/
any event, act, or object whatever, or (esp. in negative statements or questions) something: Is there anything I can do to help? I didn’t know anything about computers till I started this job. I don’t want to say anything to upset her. infml It was a fantastic party – I wouldn’t have missed it for anything (= for any reason).
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