al·ways | \ˈȯl-wēz, -wəz, -(ˌ)wāz also ˈȯ- \

Definition of always 

1 : at all times : invariably always smiling

2 : forever will love you always

3 : at any rate : in any event You can always try again if it doesn't work this time.

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Examples of always in a Sentence

He always tries, but he doesn't always succeed. It's always a pleasure to see you. I can always tell when he's upset. This area is always filled with tourists. Things won't always go as planned. You're always welcome to stay with us. He has always been a good friend to me. Life won't always be this easy. I always thought they'd get married some day, but they never did. Isn't that what you've always wanted?
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Recent Examples on the Web

Our guys always go out and try to win and today wasn't the day. Juan Pimiento,, "10-man Chicago Fire drop their 3rd straight against FC Dallas," 14 July 2018 England wearing white instead of red and the game being shown on channel 3 was always going to precede failure., "England: Who Is to Blame?," 12 July 2018 But when tariffs are unleashed, as businesses are learning, things don’t always go as expected. David Lazarus,, "California Inc.: A tough job market for recent college grads," 9 July 2018 Without salary cap space this summer, the Spurs’ biggest roster changes were always going to come from a potential Kawhi Leonard trade. Nick Talbot, San Antonio Express-News, "Writers’ Roundtable: How the Spurs’ and NBA free agency is shaping up," 7 July 2018 The latter is something that humans do not always reliably do, says Noah Waisberg, a former corporate lawyer who founded Kira Systems, a software tool that uses machine learning to review contracts. The Economist, "Law firms climb aboard the AI wagon," 12 July 2018 Seeing movies was one of the things me and my father always did. Brandon Yu,, "‘Blindspotting’ opens in Oakland with a show of hometown love," 12 July 2018 Hill 88, Rodeo Beach: The coastal fog deck often (but not always) tops out at 600 to 1,000 feet — that’s when Hill 88 and its 1,053-foot summit provides a spectacular view across the stratus sea. Tom Stienstra,, "’Tis the season for ‘Dancing with Fog’," 12 July 2018 The short person has left for the local summer job and, as always, the official mascots are snoozing here and there. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Pharmalittle: Most drug price hikes occurred before Azar arrived; Novartis abandons antibiotics," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of always

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for always

Middle English alwayes, from alwey

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al·ways | \ˈȯl-wēz, -wəz, -wāz\

Kids Definition of always

1 : at all times My dad always knows the answer.

2 : throughout all time : forever I'll remember it always.

3 : often, frequently, or repeatedly People always forget my name.

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