an|y|way [ `eni,weı ] adverb SPOKEN ***
1. ) despite something else despite something that you have previously mentioned:
Even if the drug is banned, a lot of people will go on using it anyway.
No one expected house prices to fall, but anyway that's exactly what happened.
2. ) when something is not important used when stating a particular fact that shows that something just mentioned is not important:
Sorry about the stain. Never mind, I was going to have it cleaned anyway.
I don't understand politics, and anyway I'm not really interested.
3. ) used for changing the subject used when you are changing the subject of a conversation back to what you were talking about earlier:
Anyway, as I was saying, things really have started to improve.
4. ) used for ending a conversation used for ending a conversation, or for showing that you have come to the end of what you are telling someone:
Anyway, in the end we decided to stay at home.
It was all Kevin's fault. That's what I think anyway.
5. ) when something is not surprising used for saying that something is not surprising:
Of course, there's a lot more crime. Anyway, what do you expect with such high unemployment?
6. ) used for limiting a statement used when adding a statement that limits what you have just said:
It's something I can't tell you not just now, anyway.
He would never blame his wife, not in public, anyway.
7. ) used for asking for the real reason used for asking about the real reason for something:
What did you come here for anyway?
8. ) used when telling a story used for introducing what happened next:
Alan told me to get a doctor. So anyway, I phoned Dr. Bentley.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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