Definition of any determiner from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈeni//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈeni//
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  1. 1  used with uncountable or plural nouns in negative sentences and questions, after if or whether, and after some verbs such as prevent, ban, forbid, etc. to refer to an amount or a number of something, however large or small I didn't eat any meat. Are there any stamps? I've got hardly any money. You can't go out without any shoes. He forbids any talking in class. She asked if we had any questions. In positive sentences some is usually used instead of anyI've got some paper if you want it. It is also used in questions that expect a positive answerWould you like some milk in your tea?
  2. 2  used with singular countable nouns to refer to one of a number of things or people, when it does not matter which one Take any book you like. Any colour will do. Any teacher will tell you that students learn at different rates. see also in any case, in any event, at any rate
  3. 3not just any somebody/something used to show that somebody/something is special It isn't just any day—it's my birthday!
  4. Word OriginOld English ǣnig (from one + -y), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch eenig and German einig.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: any