1 /'eni/ determiner, pronoun
1 used to refer to each one or all members of a group, saying it does not matter which: Any child who attempts to escape is beaten. | You can obtain a valuation from any accredited insurance valuer. | Any plan chosen should take these factors into account. | before you sign any written agreement | These tiles are an ideal choice for any bathroom setting. | any of: before touching the computer or any of it's parts | Do any of you remember? | any other: Are there any other comments?
2 used especially in questions or as part of a negative statement to mean some or even the smallest amount: Few of the students had any knowledge of classical music. | I didn't pay any attention to what he said. | She promised not to take any chances. | He had no friends and didn't deserve any. | I haven't any idea (=I do not know at all) | any of: I don't understand what any of this stuff means. | any use: I tried, but it wasn't any use. (=it was not successful) | if any: I don't suppose there will be more than a dozen left, if any. (=it is likely that there will be none left at all) | in any way: He was not in any way upset by his wife's decision. | If I can help you in any way, let me know.
3 as much as possible; all: They're going to need any help they can get
4 in any case/at any rate
a) no matter what may happen; at least: There was nothing else to be done. At any rate, I had learnt something.
b) besides; also: In any case, he was a rude old man.
5 just any used to refer to something that is ordinary and not special: You can't wear just any old clothes to that sort of place, you have to dress up.
6 any old how in any way: Just pack them in any old how.
2 adverb
1 used especially in negative statements to mean in the least; at all: It can't make it any worse, can it? | I'm not any better than you. | I can't walk any further. | The boy could not stand it any longer.
2 AmE spoken used to mean `at all' at the end of a sentence: We tried talking to him but that didn't help any.
-compare either 2, either 3, neither 2, neither 3

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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