American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- pro. Any object, occurrence, or matter whatever.
- adv. To any degree or extent; at all: They aren't anything like last year's team.
- n. Something or someone of importance: "You had to be something to start with, and Jeremy never was anything” ( Anne Tyler).
- idiom. anything but By no means; not at all: I was anything but happy about going.
- idiom. anything goes Anything is permissible or likely to be tolerated.
- idiom. like anything To an exceeding degree: We worked like anything to meet the deadline.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A thing, indefinitely; something or other, no matter what: opposed to nothing: as, have you anything to eat? I do not see anything; give me anything.
- [From its indeterminate signification, anything is often used colloquially in comparisons, as emphatically comprehensive of whatever simile may suggest itself or be appropriate, especially in the comparative phrases as… as anything, like anything, equivalent to ‘exceedingly,’ ‘greatly.’
- Any whit; in any degree; to any extent; at all. If anything, if in any degree; if at all; if there is any difference: as, if anything, he is a little better to-day.
- adv. In any way, any extent or any degree.
- pro. Any object, act, state, event, or fact whatever; thing of any kind; something or other; aught.
- pro. with “as” or “like” Expressing an indefinite comparison.
- n. Someone or something of importance.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Any object, act, state, event, or fact whatever; thing of any kind; something or other; aught.
- n. Colloq. or Lowx Expressing an indefinite comparison; -- with
- adv. In any measure; anywise; at all.
- any + thing (Wiktionary)
“Even considering a single book, or the making of a pencil, or anything *anything* in our lives: consider everything lying behind it - does anyone seriously believe that this is an outcome of external forces and lumps that just happen to come together in something that is layered, absolutely slathered, in meaning?”
“And that ‘unusualness’ could be anything: beauty, ugliness, deformity, eccentricity…..anything.”
“I use the backside of a ladle when straining anything with a sieve and it works wonders with everything, gravy, custard, raspberries..anything at all.”
“I would have done anything for him anything because wether or not we could be ”
“They are heated and air conditioned by a solar plant that tops anything - you hear me, _anything_ - that we have today.”
“I will do anything -- _anything_, HILDA, to provide you with agreeable entertainment.”
“He may have done anything -- _anything_ to get the”
“In the meantime, don't be surprised at anything that happens, and by that I mean _anything_.”
“Wiggs," he said solemnly, "if ever you can do anything to annoy that woman, such as making her an apple-pie bed, or _anything_ like that, I wish you'd do it.”
“Oh, if anything, anything, _anything_ would happen!" she breathed, stretching out both arms toward the snowy shrubbery-broken expanse behind the house which in summer was her garden.”
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