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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 ​birthdaypresent 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 ​negativestatements 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 ​fantasticparty – I wouldn’t have ​missed it for anything (= for any ​reason).
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