Meaning of ANY in English

I. ˈe-nē adjective

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English ǣnig; akin to Old High German einag any, Old English ān 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


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

II. pronoun, singular or plural in construction

Date: before 12th century

1. : any person or persons : anyone


a. : any thing or things

b. : any part, quantity, or number

III. adverb

Date: 14th century

: to any extent or degree : at all

was never any good

no, it doesn't help me any

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.