Any object, occurrence, or matter whatever.
To any degree or extent; at all: They aren't anything like last year's team.
Something or someone of importance: "You had to be something to start with, and Jeremy never was anything" (Anne Tyler).
By no means; not at all: I was anything but happy about going.
Anything is permissible or likely to be tolerated.
To an exceeding degree: We worked like anything to meet the deadline.
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
Thousands of entries in the dictionary include etymologies that trace their origins back to reconstructed proto-languages. You can obtain more information about these forms in our online appendices:
The Indo-European appendix covers nearly half of the Indo-European roots that have left their mark on English words. A more complete treatment of Indo-European roots and the English words derived from them is available in our Dictionary of Indo-European Roots.