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"anyway" in British English

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anywayadverb

uk   us   /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.A2 In ​conversation, anyway is also used to ​change the ​subject, ​return to an ​earliersubject, or get to the most ​interestingpoint: Anyway, as I said, I'll be away next ​week. Anyway, in the end I didn't ​wearyourjacket. What was he doing with so much of the company's ​money in his ​personalaccount anyway?B1 used to give a more ​importantreason for something that you are saying: I don't have ​time to go, and anyway it's too ​expensive.

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

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anywayadverb [not gradable]

 us   /ˈen·iˌweɪ/ (infml anyhow)
not ​considering other ​facts or ​conditions; ​consideredindependently, without being ​influenced by other things: Of ​course I don’t ​mind taking you ​home – I’m going that way anyway. The ​economy was ​slowing down anyway, so there was no need to ​worry about ​inflation. In ​conversation, anyway is often used to ​support or ​explain a ​previousstatement: So, you’re ​right, there are very few ​blackquarterbacks in ​football, or at least that are ​starting anyway. In ​conversation, anyway is often used to ​change the ​subject, ​return to an ​earliersubject, or get to the most ​interestingpoint, and is also used to take up ​time so that you can ​decide what to say next: So anyway, what are you going to do ​tonight? Anyway, in the end we just ​agreed to ​stopseeing each other.
(Definition of anyway from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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