Meaning of ANY in English


Pronunciation: ' e-n ē

Function: adjective

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English ǣ nig; akin to Old High German einag any, Old English ā n one ― more at ONE

Date: before 12th century

1 : one or some indiscriminately of whatever kind: a : one or another taken at random <ask any man you meet> b : EVERY ― used to indicate one selected without restriction < any child would know that>

2 : one, some, or all indiscriminately of whatever quantity: a : one or more ― used to indicate an undetermined number or amount <have you any money> b : ALL ― used to indicate a maximum or whole <needs any help he can get> c : a or some without reference to quantity or extent <grateful for any favor at all>

3 a : unmeasured or unlimited in amount, number, or extent < any quantity you desire> b : appreciably large or extended <could not endure it any length of time>

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.