I. 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
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
II. pronoun, singular or plural in construction Date: before 12th century 1. any person or persons ; anyone 2. 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

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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