Definition of “anything” - English Dictionary

“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."

More examples

  • There was so much cloud, we couldn't see anything.
  • Did anything come of all those job applications?
  • You didn't do anything wrong, - you should have a clear conscience .

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.

More examples

  • We christened him 'Slowcoach' because he took so long to do anything.
  • They're not fabulously rich or anything, but they're quite comfortable.

(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).

(Definition of “anything” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)