al·​ways | \ ˈȯl-wēz How to pronounce always (audio) , -wəz, -(ˌ)wāz How to pronounce always (audio) 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 Rational traders are not always willing or able to bet against nonsensical market moves. The Economist, "Free exchange The prices of sports cards and odd collectibles are booming, too," 27 Feb. 2021 Traveling has always been a passion for me and my wife Marcie. Nathan Bachrach And Amy Wagner, The Enquirer, "Allworth Advice: A few final pieces of investing (and life) advice," 25 Feb. 2021 India has always been non-aligned and quite protectionist on the trade front. Fortune, "Why Biden’s effort to counter China with a ‘mini-Nato’ just might work," 25 Feb. 2021 Yet whatever political observers think of CPAC, a look back at its history reveals an event that was always at the forefront of where the conservative movement was heading. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "Trump set to dominate CPAC, while would-be 2024 rivals labor for attention," 25 Feb. 2021 But consistency isn’t always there for the four-year veteran, who is likely looking for his biggest pay day in the NFL. Omar Kelly,, "A look at every Miami Dolphins free agent in 2021," 25 Feb. 2021 And pandemic or not, the winter-to-spring transition is always an exciting one. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "The Spring 2021 Trends Vogue Editors Are Shopping This Season," 25 Feb. 2021 Sweater dresses are always a great option for fall and winter. Mallory Pitts,, "How to style a dress for winter," 25 Feb. 2021 Tavera said the wintering site had always been there, but was so difficult to reach that it wasn't discovered until earlier this month. Mark Stevenson, Star Tribune, "Monarch butterflies down 26% in Mexico wintering grounds," 25 Feb. 2021

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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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The first known use of always was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

28 Feb 2021

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“Always.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of always

: at all times : on every occasion : in a way that does not change
: at all times in the past
: forever into the future


al·​ways | \ ˈȯl-wēz How to pronounce always (audio) , -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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