Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • pro. Any person.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • pro. One person chosen without thought; anybody.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One taken at random rather than by selection; anybody. [Commonly written as two words.]

Etymologies

any +‎ one (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • If anyone should be replacing anyone… she should be replacing me.

    goldenboy Diary Entry

  • "Mrs. Marshall, did you see anyone -- _anyone at all_ -- in or near that room when you entered it?"

    Murder at Bridge

  • She is not your typical WAG - she hates that phrase - and she didn't want to hurt anyone, she didn't want to let ­anyone down.

    mirror.co.uk - Home

  • I haven’t done a lot of work today but that not unusual for me (its not unusual to be loved by anyone dododododoooo its not unusual to have fun with anyone….) haha I’m a dickhead.

    anasthesia Diary Entry

  • If it had been anyone else -- _anyone_ -- "His words seemed to choke him, and he made a despairing gesture with his hands.

    The Alaskan

  • "And I think the one thing I could not forgive is that anyone should interfere: _anyone_, even you two whom I dearly love.

    Mary Gray

  • It is not the term anyone would use to describe the highs and lows that were the basis of my self-esteem.

    Unbearable Lightness

  • Lee Cheng, Newegg's general counsel, is still chuckling over the "slovenly" reference: "That is not a word anyone should use—unless they want a wedgie."

    Now That Everyone Wants to Be a Geek, Lawyers Have Been Called

  • Once we were on the highway with the top down it was too hard to hear a word anyone said.

    Gold Medal Murder

  • Writing in anyone, is essentially a vote for McCain.

    Special Mississippi election frames big one

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