Definition of anyone in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈenēˌwən/


1 [usually with negative or in questions] Any person or people: there wasn’t anyone there does anyone remember him? I was afraid to tell anyone
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  • If anyone remembers him or knew him, I would be very glad to hear from you as soon as possible.
  • If anyone has this piece, or remembers it better than me, feel free to put me right on this one.
  • My only hope is I can scrape through Christmas unscathed and not upset anyone too much.
1.1 [without negative] Used for emphasis: anyone could do it
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  • It is a shame it has to come to that before anyone realises how dangerous this road is.
  • Suffice it to say that Waugh might have trouble getting anyone to print his story today.
  • The danger now is that anyone who wants to change society will run a mile from active politics.
2A person of importance or authority: they are read by anyone who’s anyone
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  • Anyone who's anyone in the industry will be there!
  • Over the years, anyone who's anyone in the game has dropped by to play a round or two in the city.


Any one is not the same as anyone, and the two forms should not be used interchangeably. Any one, meaning ‘any single (person or thing),’ is written as two words to emphasize singularity: any one of us could do the job; not more than ten new members are chosen in any one year. Otherwise it is written as one word: anyone who wants to come is welcome. Note that this distinction is structurally similar to, although not identical with, the difference between every day and everyday: see everyday (usage).



be anyone's

informal (Of a person) be open to sexual advances from anyone: three drinks and he’s anyone’s
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  • I can drink most anything else, but three pints and I'm anyone's.
  • Give me a sandwich, a large vodka and non-stop football and I'm anyone's.
  • Put a woman with half a brain and a wallet of her own into the picture and superimpose the word "Independence" over the top and I'm anyone's.

anyone's game

An evenly balanced contest: it was still anyone’s game at halftime
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  • I think it is still anyone's game for the taking.
  • I think it could be anyone's game, especially with the pitch being like it is.
  • In the last five minutes, at 0-20 to 2-14, it was still anyone's game.

anyone's guess

see guess.

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Syllabification: an·y·one

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