Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

anything

 - definition
 
 
 
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary entries. Click on the T button in an entry to review the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
pronoun British English pronunciation: anything /ˈeniˌθɪŋ/
  1. 1
    [usually in negatives or questions] used instead of 'something' when saying or asking whether there is one thing or even a small amount of something

    Do you know anything about cricket?

    He never does anything to help.

    If anything happens, call me.

    I promise I won't do anything stupid.

    hardly anything:

    It was so dark I could hardly see anything at all.

    anything else:

    Do you want anything else to eat?

    anything to do/see/say etc:

    Is there anything to eat in the house?

    what, if anything? (=used when you think there is probably nothing):

    It is not clear what. if anything, we can do to improve the situation.

  2. 2
    used when it is not important to say which thing, idea, action etc you are referring to, because what you are saying applies to everything

    You can buy anything you want on the Internet.

    Anything made of wood needs to be protected from the weather.

    She would do anything for her children.

    almost anything/just about anything:

    Pigs will eat almost anything.

  3. 3
    used with numbers to show that you are not giving exact information, but that any number is possible within the range you mention

    A good diamond could cost anything from £10,000 to £300,000.

    You may have to wait anything up to six months for an appointment.

phrases

food rave

a very large party where people eat, sell or share many different types of food, usually held outside or in a large public building

BuzzWord Article

Word of the Day

grungy

dirty and sometimes untidy or smelling bad

Open Dictionary

dead white (European) male

a man … whose achievements may have been overestimated because he belonged to the gender and ethnic group … that was dominant at the time

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog