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any

  

      determiner  
1   
a    one, some, or several, as specified, no matter how much or many, what kind or quality, etc.  
any cheese in the cupboard is yours, you may take any clothes you like     
b    (as pronoun; functioning as sing or pl)  
take any you like     
2    usually used with a negative  
a    even the smallest amount or even one  
I can't stand any noise     
b    (as pronoun; functioning as sing or pl)  
don't give her any     
3    whatever or whichever; no matter what or which  
any dictionary will do, any time of day     
4    an indefinite or unlimited amount or number (esp. in the phrases any amount or number)  
any number of friends     
      adv  
5    usually used with a negative  
a    foll by a comparative adj   to even the smallest extent  
it isn't any worse now     
b    Not standard   at all  
he doesn't care any     
     (Old English ænig; related to Old Frisian enig, Old High German einag, Old Norse einigr anyone, Latin unicus unique; see an1, one)  


any more   ,   (esp. U.S.)   anymore  
      adv   any longer; still; now or from now on; nowadays  
he does not work here any more     
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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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