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



    BrE BrE//ˈeni//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈeni//
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  1. 1  used in negative sentences and in questions and after if or whether to refer to an amount or a number, however large or small We need some more paint; there isn't any left. I need some stamps. Are there any in your bag? Please let me know how many people are coming, if any. She spent hardly any of the money. He returned home without any of the others. In positive sentences some is usually used instead of any. It is also used in questions that expect a positive replyI've got plenty of paper—would you like some?
  2. 2  one or more of a number of people or things, especially when it does not matter which I'll take any you don't want. ‘Which colour do you want?’ ‘Any of them will do.’
  3. Word OriginOld English ǣnig (from one + -y), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch eenig and German einig.Idioms
    somebody isn’t having any (of it)
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    (informal) somebody is not interested or does not agree I suggested sharing the cost, but he wasn't having any of it.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: any