Hypertext Webster Gateway: "Any"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Any \A"ny\, a. & pron. [OE. [ae]ni[yogh], [ae]ni, eni, ani, oni,
AS. [=ae]nig, fr. [=a]n one. It is akin to OS. [=e]nig, OHG.
einic, G. einig, D. eenig. See {One}.]
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?'' --Ps. iv. 6.

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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Any \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.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: 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}]
2: (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)}]
adv : to any degree or extent; "it isn't any better"

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