Definition of anyway in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈɛnɪweɪ


  • 1Used to confirm or support a point or idea just mentioned: I told you, it’s all right, and anyway, it was my fault it’s too late now anyway
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    • Oh well, entering the Masters Games was only a vague idea anyway.
    • That's the idea, anyway, but so far progress has been slow.
    • This is defeatist nonsense, not to mention entirely disingenuous, anyway.
  • 1.1Used in questions to emphasize the speaker’s wish to obtain the truth: ‘What are you doing here, anyway?’
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    • When was a Leftist concerned about the truth anyway?
    • Liz gets angry at him and tells him that if he feels that way about the family, what difference would the truth make anyway?
    • And how, in the light of Saussure's account of language, could we be sure it was the truth, anyway?
  • 2Used to end a conversation, to change the subject, or to resume a subject after interruption: ‘Anyway, Dot, I must dash.’
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    • It is a habit I must break soon but anyway, that's the subject of another post…
    • But anyway, when I steered the conversation away from himself, we had a good time.
    • One rarely struck up a conversation with Angela unless she spoke first; anyway, it was enough just to be with her.
  • 2.1Used to pass over less significant aspects of an account in order to focus on what is important: ‘Poor John always enjoyed a drink. Anyway, he died last year.’
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    • The COO retorts that people need the benefits, and anyway, the important thing is paying down your debt.
    • But anyway, far more important than that, is that this new profile feature has led to the discovery of my perfect match.
    • And anyway, work was important and the world hated me, so there was no real problem with me studying and reading so much.
  • 3Used to indicate that something happened or will happen in spite of something else: nobody invited Miss Honey to sit down but she sat down anyway
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    • But if the talks drag on beyond next week, sources close to the group say it will probably press ahead with the announcement anyway.
    • But the university's administration may go ahead with the deal anyway.
    • We told them they would look foolish if they ran the story but they went ahead anyway.

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