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any

  
1       det   You use any in statements with negative meaning to indicate that no thing or person of a particular type exists, is present, or is involved in a situation.  
DET pl-n/n-uncount  
I never make any big decisions..., We are doing this all without any support from the hospital..., Earlier reports were unable to confirm that there were any survivors...     
      Any is also a quantifier., quant   QUANT of def-n-uncount/def-pl-n  
You don't know any of my friends...     
      Any is also a pronoun., pron   PRON after v  
The children needed new school clothes and Kim couldn't afford any.     
2       det   You use any in questions and conditional clauses to ask whether there is some of a particular thing or some of a particular group of people, or to suggest that there might be.  
DET pl-n/n-uncount  
Do you speak any foreign languages?..., Have you got any cheese I can have with this bread?     
      Any is also a quantifier., quant   QUANT of def-n-uncount/def-pl-n  
Have you ever used a homeopathic remedy for any of the following reasons?     
      Any is also a pronoun., pron   PRON after v  
The plants are inspected for insects and if I find any, they are squashed.     
3       det   You use any in positive statements when you are referring to someone or something of a particular kind that might exist, occur, or be involved in a situation, when their exact identity or nature is not important.  
Any actor will tell you that it is easier to perform than to be themselves..., I'm prepared to take any advice...     
      Any is also a quantifier., quant   QUANT of def-n-uncount/def-pl-n  
It had been the biggest mistake any of them could remember.     
      Any is also a pronoun., pron  
Clean the mussels and discard any that do not close.     
4       adv   You can also use any to emphasize a comparative adjective or adverb in a negative statement.  
ADV compar     (emphasis)    I can't see things getting any easier for graduates...     
5    If you say that someone or something is not just any person or thing, you mean that they are special in some way.  
not just any      phrase   PHR n  
It's fashionable for young people to wear trainers, but not just any trainers.     
6    If something does not happen or is not true any more or any longer, it has stopped happening or is no longer true.  
any more/any longer      phrase   PHR after v  
I don't want to see her any more..., I couldn't keep the tears hidden any longer.     
7   
    in any case  
    case  
    by any chance  
    chance  
    in any event  
    event  
    not by any means  
    means  
    any old  
    old  
    at any rate  
    rate  
Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
n.
any distracting or deceptive maneuver
prep.
Cyber object is virtual component in cyberspace which may be in any form and may execute any function, solely or partially.
[Tech.]
n.
(botany) any of the long slender shoots that grow from the stem or branch of a tree: usually removed during pruning
n.
is the recreation of any entity after its death or destruction
video gaming
n.
a website that did not undergo any change for a long period of time
[Comp.];[Slang]
adj.
1. [Comp.] a device that once plugged in is automatically recognized by the system and launches the expected process without any action on the user's side; 2. [Bus.] a new employee who is able to start work without too much induction and training
[Comp.];[Bus.] can be used as both noun and adjective: plug and play device; plug and play employee or simply plug and play (noun)
exp.
(about a positive event/situation) happen out of the blue, without any effort from the impacted persons

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