Meaning of ANY in English


adj., pron., & adv.


1. (with interrog., neg., or conditional expressed or implied) a one, no matter which, of several (cannot find any answer). b some, no matter how much or many or of what sort (if any books arrive; have you any sugar?).

2 a minimal amount of (hardly any difference).

3 whichever is chosen (any fool knows that).

4 a an appreciable or significant (did not stay for any length of time). b a very large (has any amount of money).


1. any one (did not know any of them).

2 any number (are any of them yours?).

3 any amount (is there any left?).

--adv. (usu. with neg. or interrog.) at all, in some degree (is that any good?; do not make it any larger; without being any the wiser).

Phrases and idioms:

any more to any further extent (don't like you any more). any time colloq. at any time. any time (or day or minute etc.) now colloq. at any time in the near future. not having any colloq. unwilling to participate.

Etymology: OE {aelig}nig f. Gmc (as ONE, -Y(1))

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.