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any person: You may choose anybody you wish to go with you.
Not to be confused with:
any body – any group: Any body of protestors can become difficult to control.; any physical body: Although we searched the area where the murder occurred, we couldn’t find any body.
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 (ĕn′ē-bŏd′ē, -bŭd′ē)
Any person; anyone.
A person of consequence: Everybody who is anybody was at the reception. See Usage Notes at anyone, every, he1.
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(ˈɛnɪˌbɒdɪ; -bədɪ)
1. any person; anyone
2. (usually used with a negative or a question) a person of any importance: he isn't anybody in this town.
n, pl -bodies
(often preceded by just) any person at random; no matter who
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(ˈɛn iˌbɒd i, -ˌbʌd i)

pron., n., pl. -bod•ies. pron.
1. any person.
2. a person of some importance: If you're anybody, you'll get an invitation.
usage: The pronoun anybody is always written as one word: Is anybody home? The two-word noun phrase any body means “any group” (Any body of students will include a few dissidents) or “any physical body”: The search continued for a week despite the failure to find any body. If the word a can be substituted for any without seriously affecting the meaning, the two-word noun phrase is called for: a body of students; failure to find a body. If the substitution cannot be made, the spelling is anybody. anybody is less formal than anyone. See also anyone, each, they.
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1. 'anyone' and 'anybody'

You use anyone or anybody to talk about people in general, or about each person of a particular kind.

Anyone can miss a plane.
Anybody can go there.
If anyone asks where you are, I'll say you've just gone out.
If anybody calls, tell them I'll be back soon.

There is no difference in meaning between anyone and anybody, but anybody is more common in spoken English.

2. used in questions and negatives

Anyone and anybody are very commonly used in questions and negative sentences.

Was there anyone behind you?
There wasn't anybody in the room with her.
For more information, see someone - somebody
3. 'any one'

Don't confuse anyone with any one. You use any one to emphasize that you are referring to only one of something.

There are about 350,000 properties for sale at any one time in Britain.
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nogenenhverhvem som helst
alguiencualquieranadie (in negative sentences)
kuka tahansa
hver sem ernokkur
herhangi biriherkesbirisiherhangi bir kişi
bất cứ ai


[ˈenɪbɒdɪ] PRON
1. (in questions, conditional constructions) → alguien
did you see anybody?¿viste a alguien?
has anybody got a pen?¿tiene alguien un bolígrafo?
is this anybody's seat?¿es de alguien or alguno este asiento?, ¿está or hay alguien sentado aquí?
is there anybody else I can talk to?¿hay alguien más con quien pueda hablar?
if anybody calls, I'm not insi llama alguien, no estoy
if anybody can do it, he cansi alguien lo puede hacer, es él
2. (with negative, implied negative) → nadie
I can't see anybodyno veo a nadie
she doesn't like anybody contradicting herno le gusta que nadie la contradiga
I didn't ask anybody elseno se le pregunté a nadie más
hardly anybody cameapenas vino nadie
there was hardly anybody therecasi no había nadie
3. (= no matter who) → cualquiera
I need a volunteer, anybody will donecesito un voluntario, cualquier persona or cualquiera sirve
anybody will tell you the samecualquiera te diría lo mismo, todos te dirán lo mismo
anybody would have thought he had lost!cualquiera habría pensado que había perdido
it's anybody's raceesta carrera la podría ganar cualquiera
it would have defeated anybody but Janehabría desanimado a cualquiera or a todos menos a Jane
anybody else would have laughedcualquier otro se hubiera reído
that's anybody's guess¡quién sabe!
it's not available to just anybodyno está a disposición de cualquier persona or cualquiera
I'm not going to marry just anybodyyo no me caso con cualquiera
he's not just anybody, he's the bossno es cualquiera, es el jefe
bring anybody you liketrae a quien quieras
anybody who or that wants to go back should go nowsi alguno quiere volver, que lo haga ahora
I'll shoot anybody who or that movesal primero que se mueva le disparo
anybody who or that invests in thistodo el que invierta en esto
anybody with any sense would know that!¡cualquiera con (algo de) sentido común sabría eso!
4. (= person of importance) → alguien
she knows everybody who's anybodyconoce a todo el mundo que es alguien or importante
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[ˈɛnibɒdi ˈɛnibədi] pron anyone [ˈɛniwʌn ˈɛniwən]
(= no matter who) → n'importe qui
Anybody can learn to swim → N'importe qui peut apprendre à nager.
without anybody seeing him → sans que personne le voie, sans que personne ne le voie
anybody who is anybody → tout le gratin
(in questions)quelqu'un
Has anybody got a pen? → Est-ce que quelqu'un a un stylo?
Did anybody see you? → Est-ce que quelqu'un t'a vu?
Was anybody there?; Was there anybody there? → Est-ce qu'il y avait quelqu'un?
(in negative sentences)personne
I don't see anybody.; I can't see anybody → Je ne vois personne.
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(irgend)jemand, (irgend)eine(r); not … anybodyniemand, keine(r); is anybody there?ist (irgend)jemand da?; (does) anybody want my book?will jemand or einer mein Buch?; I can’t see anybodyich kann niemand(en) or keinen sehen; don’t tell anybodyerzähl das niemand(em) or keinem
(= no matter who)jede(r); anybody will tell you the samejeder wird dir dasselbe sagen; anybody with any sensejeder halbwegs vernünftige Mensch; it’s anybody’s game/racedas Spiel/Rennen kann von jedem gewonnen werden; anybody but him, anybody elsejeder außer ihm, jeder andere; is there anybody else I can talk to?gibt es sonst jemand(en), mit dem ich sprechen kann?; I don’t want to see anybody elseich möchte niemand anderen sehen
n (= person of importance)jemand, wer (inf); she’ll never be anybodysie wird nie wer sein (inf); he’s not just anybodyer ist nicht einfach irgendwer or irgendjemand; everybody who is anybody was therealles, was Rang und Namen hat, war dort; he wasn’t anybody before she married himer war niemand, bevor sie ihn geheiratet hat; Lucy was anybody’s last night (Brit inf) → Lucy hat gestern Abend mit jedem rumgemacht (inf)
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[ˈɛnɪbɒdɪ] pron
a. (in interrogative sentences) → qualcuno, nessuno
did you see anybody → hai visto qualcuno or nessuno?
b. (in negative sentences) → nessuno
I can't or don't see anybody → non vedo nessuno
without anybody seeing him → senza che nessuno lo vedesse, senza esser visto da nessuno
c. (no matter who) → chiunque, qualsiasi persona
anybody will tell you the same → chiunque ti dirà la stessa cosa
anybody else would have laughed → chiunque altro avrebbe riso
she's not going to marry just anybody → non sposerà il primo che le capita or uno qualunque
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(ˈeni) pronoun, adjective
1. one, some, no matter which. `Which dress shall I wear?' `Wear any (dress)'; `Which dresses shall I pack?' `Pack any (dresses)'.
2. (in questions and negative sentences etc) one, some. John has been to some interesting places but I've never been to any; Have you been to any interesting places?; We have hardly any coffee left.
every. Any schoolboy could tell you the answer.
at all; (even) by a small amount. Is this book any better than the last one?; His writing hasn't improved any.
ˈanybody, ˈanyone pronoun
1. (in questions, and negative sentences etc) some person. Is anybody there?
2. any person, no matter which. Get someone to help – anyone will do.
3. everyone. Anyone could tell you the answer to that.
ˈanyhow adverb
1. anyway. Anyhow, even if the problem does arise, it won't affect us.
2. in a careless, untidy way. Books piled anyhow on shelves.
ˈanything pronoun
1. (in questions, and negative sentences etc) some thing. Can you see anything?; I can't see anything.
2. a thing of any kind. You can buy anything you like; `What would you like for your birthday?' `Anything will do.'
ˈanyway adverb
nevertheless; in spite of what has been or might be said, done etc. My mother says I mustn't go but I'm going anyway; Anyway, she can't stop you.
ˈanywhere adverb
in any place at all. Have you seen my gloves anywhere?; I can't find them anywhere; `Where will I put these?' `Anywhere will do.'
at any rate
at least. It's a pity it has started to rain, but at any rate we can still enjoy ourselves at the cinema; The Queen is coming to see us – at any rate, that's what John says.
in any case
nevertheless. I don't believe the story but I'll check it in any case.
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أَيُّ شَخْص někdo nogen/noget irgendjemand κάποιος alguien kuka tahansa n’importe qui itko qualcuno 誰でも 아무도 iemand noen ktoś alguém, qualquer pessoa кто-нибудь någon ใครก็ได้ herhangi biri bất cứ ai 任何人
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pron. alguien, alguno-a; cualquiera;
did ___ call ?¿llamó alguien?; [negative] nada, nadie, ninguno-a;
no one calledno llamó nadie.
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"Come, come, Master Marner," said the landlord, now rising resolutely, and seizing Marner by the shoulder, "if you've got any information to lay, speak it out sensible, and show as you're in your right mind, if you expect anybody to listen to you.
Burge about leaving him, and I don't like to tell anybody else about it before he knows, for he'll be a good bit hurt, I doubt.
I should only mind if there were a law obliging me to take any piece of blood and beauty that she or anybody else recommended."
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It isn't fair to dare anybody to do anything so dangerous."
I never seen anybody but lied one time or another, without it was Aunt Polly, or the widow, or maybe Mary.
Bennet was doubly engaged, on one hand collecting an account of the present fashions from Jane, who sat some way below her, and, on the other, retailing them all to the younger Lucases; and Lydia, in a voice rather louder than any other person's, was enumerating the various pleasures of the morning to anybody who would hear her.
"Miss Reade hasn't told me that she was going to marry anybody. You will find out all that is good for you to know in due time."
I never knew anybody catch anything, up the Thames, except minnows and dead cats, but that has nothing to do, of course, with fishing!
"No--nor anybody else," retorted Miss Polly, with meaning emphasis.