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- UK [ˈenɪˌweɪ] / US
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
I don't understand politics, and anyway I'm not really interested.
"Sorry about the stain." "Never mind, I was going to have it cleaned anyway."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.
English dictionary. 2014.