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any +‎ way



anyway (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete) In any way. [16th-19th c.]
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, II.2.5:
      He that sleeps in the day-time, or is in suspense, fear, anyway troubled in mind, or goes to bed upon a full stomach, may never hope for quiet rest in the night [...].
  2. (conjunctive) Regardless; anyhow. [from 19th c.]
    He didn't enjoy washing his car, but it was so dirty that he did it anyway.
  3. (speech act) Used to indicate that a statement explains or supports a previous statement. See anyhow. [from 19th c.]
    I don't think that's true. I haven't found any evidence, anyway.
    • 1962, Bob Dylan, Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
      But I wish there were somethin' you would do or say
      To try and make me change my mind and stay
      We never did too much talkin' anyway
      Don't think twice, it's all right.
  4. (speech act) Used to indicate a change of subject.
    • 2005, Jan Karon, These high, green hills:
      "I'll be ninety my next birthday, but Louella doesn't tell her age. Anyway, we 're going to have you and Cynthia up for supper."