Definitions for: Anything


[n] a thing of any kind; "do you have anything to declare?"



Webster (1913) Definition: A"ny*thing, n.
1. Any object, act, state, event, or fact whatever; thing of
any kind; something or other; aught; as, I would not do it
for anything.

Did you ever know of anything so unlucky? --A.
Trollope.

They do not know that anything is amiss with them.
--W. G.
Sumner.

2. Expressing an indefinite comparison; -- with as or like.
[Colloq. or Lowx]

I fear your girl will grow as proud as anything.
--Richardson.

Note: Any thing, written as two words, is now commonly used
in contradistinction to any person or anybody. Formerly
it was also separated when used in the wider sense.
``Necessity drove them to undertake any thing and
venture any thing.'' --De Foe.

Anything but, not at all or in any respect. ``The battle
was a rare one, and the victory anything but secure.''
--Hawthorne.

Anything like, in any respect; at all; as, I can not give
anything like a fair sketch of his trials.


A"ny*thing, adv.
In any measure; anywise; at all.

Mine old good will and hearty affection towards you is
not . . . anything at all quailed. --Robynson
(More's
Utopia).

See Also: thing

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