anyway - definition and synonyms

adverb spoken 

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  1. 1
    despite something that you have previously mentioned

    Even if the drug is banned, a lot of people will go on using it anyway.

    No one expected house prices to fall, but anyway that’s exactly what happened.

  2. 2
    used when stating a particular fact that shows that something just mentioned is not important

    I don’t understand politics, and anyway I’m not really interested.

    Sorry about the stain.’ ‘Never mind, I was going to have it cleaned anyway.’

  3. 3
    used when you are changing the subject of a conversation back to what you were talking about earlier

    Anyway, as I was saying, things really have started to improve.

  4. 4
    used for ending a conversation, or for showing that you have come to the end of what you are telling someone

    Anyway, in the end we decided to stay at home.

    It was all Kevin’s fault. That’s what I think anyway.

  5. 5
    used for saying that something is not surprising

    Of course, there’s a lot more crime. Anyway, what do you expect with such high unemployment?

  6. 6
    used when adding a statement that limits what you have just said

    It’s something I can’t tell you – not just now, anyway.

    He would never blame his wife, not in public, anyway.

  7. 7
    used for asking about the real reason for something

    What did you come here for anyway?

  8. 8
    used for introducing what happened next

    Alan told me to get a doctor. So anyway, I phoned Dr Bentley.