any

any DETERMINER & PRONOUN 1) one or some of a thing or number of things, no matter how much or how many. 2) whichever or whatever one chooses.
ADVERB at all; in some degree.
USAGE When used as a pronoun any can be used with either a singular or a plural verb, depending on the context: we needed more sugar but there wasn't any left (singular verb) or are any of the new videos available? (plural verb).
ORIGIN Old English.

English terms dictionary. 2015.

Synonyms:
(of many), / (indefinitely), , ,


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