Anyway



in any case; anyhow; nonetheless; regardless:
Whether you like it or not, I’m going anyway.
(used to continue or resume the thread of a story or account):
Anyway, we finally found a plumber who could come right over.
Contemporary Examples

The law stopped him from buying a gun–and he did it anyway.
There’s Little We Can Do to Prevent Another Massacre Megan McArdle December 16, 2012

But people continue to make the utterly baffling choice to refuse it anyway.
Thanks, Anti-Vaxxers. You Just Brought Back Measles in NYC. Russell Saunders March 12, 2014

Q: You were warned against setting impossible benchmarks for yourself, and you did it anyway.
Obama’s Crime Czar? Lloyd Grove May 27, 2009

Which I try to do anyway, if I know I’m having a special meal in the evening.
In Defense of the 5 O’Clock Reservation Megan McArdle October 11, 2012

Dodge was on his way to study the flute in Paris, but he decided to buy the bike, anyway.
Pryor Dodge’s Two-Wheeled Obsession Is Now a Museum of Bike History Anthony Haden-Guest September 14, 2014

Historical Examples

“I’d have quit it anyway if you had just said the word,” laughed her companion.
Tabitha’s Vacation Ruth Alberta Brown

I’d play that fur the heftiest moral courage I’ve ever showed, anyway.
The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson

“It seems like a fairy tale, anyway,” said Jessie, wide-eyed and pink-cheeked.
Lucile Triumphant Elizabeth M. Duffield

I need the out-doors, and anyway you don’t need me down there.
The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson

That wouldn’t prevent them from trying to capture the golden skull, anyway.
The Golden Skull John Blaine

adverb
in any case; at any rate; nevertheless; anyhow
in a careless or haphazard manner
Usually any way. in any manner; by any means
adv.

1560s, any way “in any manner;” variant any ways (with adverbial genitive) attested from c.1560. One-word form predominated from 1830s. As an adverbial conjunction, from 1859. Middle English in this sense had ani-gates “in any way, somehow” (c.1400).

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