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an·y·way

 (ĕn′ē-wā′)
adv.
1. In any way or manner whatever: Get the job done anyway you can.
2. In any case; at least: I don't know if it was lost or stolen; anyway, it's gone.
3. Nevertheless; regardless: It was raining but they played the game anyway.

anyway

(ˈɛnɪˌweɪ)
adv
1. in any case; at any rate; nevertheless; anyhow
2. in a careless or haphazard manner
3. Usually any way. in any manner; by any means

an•y•way

(ˈɛn iˌweɪ)

adv.
1. in any case; anyhow; regardless.
2. (used to resume the thread of a story or account): Anyway, we finally found it.
[1150–1200]
usage: The adverb anyway is spelled as one word: It was snowing hard, but we drove to the play anyway. The two-word phrase any way means “in any manner”: Finish the job any way you choose. If the words “in the” can be substituted for “any,” the two-word phrase is called for: Finish the job in the way you choose. If the substitution cannot be made, the spelling is anyway.

anyway

1. 'anyway'

You use anyway when you are adding a remark to something you have just said. Usually the remark is something you have just thought of, and makes your previous statement seem less important or relevant.

If he doesn't apologize, I'm going to resign. I'm serious. That's what I feel like doing, anyway.
Mary doesn't want children. Not yet, anyway.

You also use anyway to change the topic of a conversation, or to show that you want to end a conversation.

'I've got a terrible cold.' – 'Have you? That's a shame. Anyway, so you won't be coming this weekend?'
'Anyway, I'd better go and make dinner. I'll call you again tomorrow.'
2. 'any way'

Don't confuse anyway with any way. You usually use any way in the phrase in any way, which means 'in any respect' or 'by any means'.

I am not connected in any way with the medical profession.
If I can help in any way, please ask.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.anyway - used to indicate that a statement explains or supports a previous statement; "Anyhow, he is dead now"; "I think they're asleep; anyhow, they're quiet"; "I don't know what happened to it; anyway, it's gone"; "anyway, there is another factor to consider"; "I don't know how it started; in any case, there was a brief scuffle"; "in any event, the government faced a serious protest"; "but at any rate he got a knighthood for it"
2.anyway - in any way whatsoever; "they came anyhow they could"; "get it done anyway you can"

anyway

adverb anyhow, regardless, in any case, for all that, at any rate, in any event She won't let him stay with her, and anyway he wouldn't.
Translations
بِأي حال، مَع ذلكعلى أَيِّ حال
de qualsevol maneraen fi
stejněbeztak
alligeveluanset
joka tapauksessakuitenkin
ipak
hvort eî er
とにかく
어쨌든
vseeno
i alla fall
อย่างไรก็ตาม
dù sao đi nữa

anyway

[ˈenɪweɪ] anyways [ˈenɪweɪz] (US) ADV
1. (= in any event) → de todas formas, de todos modos
anyway, you're herede todas formas or de todos modos, estás aquí
anyway, it's not my faultde todas formas or de todos modos, yo no tengo la culpa
he doesn't want to go out and anyway he's not allowedno quiere salir y de todas formas or de todos modos no le dejan
whose money is this anyway?de todas formas or de todos modos, ¿de quién es el dinero?
who needs men anyway?de todas formas or de todos modos, ¿quién necesita a los hombres?
anyway, why invite somebody you never speak to?de todas formas or de todos modos ¿por qué invitar a alguien con quien nunca hablas?
2. (= regardless) → de todas formas, de todos modos
I shall go anywayiré de todas formas or de todos modos
he's not supposed to drink but he does anywayse supone que no debe beber, pero lo hace de todas formas or de todos modos
3. (= at least) → al menos
it's not a good idea, I don't think so anywayno es buena idea, al menos eso es lo que yo pienso
4. (= incidentally) → por cierto
why are you going anyway?por cierto ¿por qué te vas?
5. (continuing what has been said) → en fin
anyway, as I was sayingen fin, como decía antes ...
so anyway, this policeman came up to me and saiden fin, este policía se me acercó y dijo ...

anyway

[ˈɛniweɪ] anyhow [ˈɛnihaʊ] adv
(= in any case, besides) → de toute façon
He doesn't want to go out and anyway he's not allowed → Il ne veut pas sortir et de toute façon il n'y est pas autorisé.
(= nevertheless) → quand même
thanks anyway → merci quand même
(= at least) → tout au moins
She doesn't want to have children. Not right now, anyway → Elle ne veut pas avoir d'enfants. Tout au moins pas pour l'instant.
(finishing a conversation)enfin, enfin bon
(for emphasis in questions)exactement, au juste
What do you want from me, anyway? → Qu'est-ce que vous me voulez au juste?, Qu'est-ce que vous me voulez, exactement?

anyway

[ˈɛnɪˌweɪ] adv
a. (besides) → in ogni caso
I forgot to buy cough sweets - they don't do much good anyway → ho dimenticato di comprare le caramelle per la tosse - tanto non servono un granché
b. (just the same) → comunque
thanks, anyway → grazie, comunque
c. (at least, at any rate) → almeno
everything is ok, as far as I know anyway → va tutto bene, per quel che ne so io
d. (in narrative, conversation, well, then) → bene
anyway, I've got to go → be', devo andare
it's a long story ...anyway the upshot was that ... → è una lunga storia... a farla breve il risultato fu che...

any

(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.
adjective
every. Any schoolboy could tell you the answer.
adverb
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.

anyway

على أَيِّ حال stejně alligevel trotzdem εν πάση περιπτώσει de todos modos joka tapauksessa de toute façon ipak comunque とにかく 어쨌든 hoe dan ook likevel w każdym razie de qualquer maneira как бы то ни было i alla fall อย่างไรก็ตาม neyse dù sao đi nữa 总之

anyway

adv. de todas maneras, de cualquier modo, sea lo que fuera.
References in classic literature ?
It's bad enough to be a girl, anyway, when I like boy's games and work and manners
I don't remember and anyway it makes no difference.
Anyway, he would never allow one of his horses to be put to such a strain.
Young Andrews, not being acquainted with the moods of the great man, added cheerfully: "By one o'clock, anyway.
Anyway there's something on his mind, as sure as there must be something on a deck when it cracks.
It is hard lines for man and it is hard lines for beast, and who's to mend it I don't know: but anyway you might tell the poor beast that you were sorry to take it out of him in that way.
It is only for a minute, anyway, for the leader starts up again, in spite of all the protests of the other two.
It is, of course, a thing which ought to be settled, and I am not going to have anything particular to do next winter anyway.
Well, it's too many for ME, that's certain; must be a mighty long hole; however, I ain't got no time to fool around here, I got to "tend to business"; I reckon it's all right--chance it, anyway.
I could see that if I wanted to go a-visiting any distance from home, and the wind was ahead, I might have to wait days, maybe, for a change; and I could see, too, that these things could not be any use at all in a gale; if you tried to run before the wind, you would make a mess of it, for there isn't anyway to shorten sail - like reefing, you know - you have to take it ALL in - shut your feathers down flat to your sides.
It's the worst vice I've got--from my standpoint, anyway, because it's the one he can most easily find out, through the impatience of my creditors.
That's good enough for little rubbishy common things -- specially with gals, cuz THEY go back on you anyway, and blab if they get in a huff -- but there orter be writing 'bout a big thing like this.