anonymous

[[t]ənɒ̱nɪməs[/t]]
1) ADJ If you remain anonymous when you do something, you do not let people know that you were the person who did it.

You can remain anonymous if you wish...

An anonymous benefactor stepped in to provide the prize money.

...anonymous phone calls.

Ant:
known, named
Derived words:
anonymity [[t]æ̱nɒnɪ̱mɪti[/t]] N-UNCOUNT

Both mother and daughter, who have requested anonymity, are doing fine.

anonymously ADV

The latest photographs were sent anonymously to the magazine's Paris headquarters.

2) ADJ: usu ADJ n Something that is anonymous does not reveal who you are.

Of course, that would have to be by anonymous vote.

Derived words:
anonymity N-UNCOUNT with supp

He claims many more people would support him in the anonymity of a voting booth.

3) ADJ-GRADED (disapproval) If you describe a place as anonymous, you dislike it because it has no unusual or interesting features and seems unwelcoming.

...the most anonymous part of north-west Washington...

It's nice to stay in a home rather than in an anonymous holiday villa.

Derived words:
anonymity N-UNCOUNT

...the anonymity of the rented room.


English dictionary. 2008.

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