How to use
in spite of the fact that you have just mentioned
Catherine wasn't sure the book was the right one, but she bought it anyway.
This idea probably won't work, but let's try it anyway.
used when adding a remark which shows that the fact just mentioned is not important
They didn't have any trainers in my size, and anyway I'd already decided I'd rather save the money.
'I hope you haven't told anyone. ' 'No. Who would believe me anyway?'
used when adding something that corrects or slightly changes what you have just said
Let's think about it for a while, for a few days anyway.
There seems to have been a technical problem - anyway, that's what they told me.
used when you are ignoring details so that you can talk immediately about the most important thing
He got lost and spent hours looking for the station, and anyway it was past midnight by the time he got home.
Anyway, why didn't you call the police?
used when you are changing the subject of a conversation or returning to a previous subject
Anyway, let's leave that for the moment and look at this month's profit figures.
Anyway, how are you?
used when you want to end a conversation or leave a place
Anyway, I must be going now.
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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