anyway*/*/*/

[ˈeniˌweɪ]
adv spoken
1) used when you want to change the subject of a conversation, or end the conversation
What are you doing here, anyway?[/ex]
Anyway, I have to go now.[/ex]
2) used for showing why something is not important, or is not a problem
I don't understand politics, and anyway I'm not really interested.[/ex]
I'll get some bread – I was going to the shops anyway.[/ex]
3) despite something that you have previously mentioned
It's illegal to park here, but people do it anyway.[/ex]
4) used for adding a statement that limits what you have just said
It's something I can't tell you – not just now, anyway.[/ex]

Dictionary for writing and speaking English. 2014.

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