Definition of anyone in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɛnɪwʌn/


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.


The two-word form any one is not the same as the one-word form anyone and the two forms cannot be used interchangeably. Any one means ‘any single (person or thing)’, as in: not more than twelve new members are admitted in any one year.



be anyone's

informal Be open to sexual advances from anyone: three shandies 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 half-time
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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.

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