A·ny a. & pron.
1. One indifferently, out of an indefinite number; one indefinitely, whosoever or whatsoever it may be.
Note: ☞ Any is often used in denying or asserting without limitation; as, this thing ought not be done at any time; I ask any one to answer my question.
No man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son. --Matt. xi. 27.
2. Some, of whatever kind, quantity, or number; as, are there any witnesses present? are there any other houses like it? “Who will show us any good?”
Note: It is often used, either in the singular or the plural, as a pronoun, the person or thing being understood; anybody; anyone; (pl.) any persons.
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, . . . and it shall be given him. --Jas. i. 5.
That if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem. --Acts ix. 2.
At any rate, In any case, whatever may be the state of affairs; anyhow.
A·ny, adv. To any extent; in any degree; at all.
You are not to go loose any longer. --Shak.
Before you go any farther. --Steele.
adj 1: (in negative statements) either every little or very great
but unspecified; "can't stand any noise"; "could not
endure chemotherapy for any length of time" [syn: any(a)]
2: one or some or every or all without specification; "give me
any peaches you don't want"; "not any milk is left"; "any
child would know that"; "pick any card"; "any day now";
"cars can be rented at almost any airport"; "at twilight
or any other time"; "beyond any doubt"; "need any help we
can get"; "give me whatever peaches you don't want"; "no
milk whatsoever is left" [syn: any(a), whatever, whatsoever]
adv : to any degree or extent; "it isn't any better"