always

adverb
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

Tim Allen’s always got jokes, but this week’s Last Man Standing is packed with more zingers than ever. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'Last Man Standing' Just Referenced One of Tim Allen's Most Iconic Roles," 4 Jan. 2019 As always, thanks to engineer Brett Fuchs for recording and mixing the episode. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Year in Travel 2018: Travelogue Podcast," 28 Dec. 2018 Their own residences have always been their best creative laboratories. Gisela Williams, ELLE Decor, "The Vivacious 18th-Century Marakesh Medina of Two L.A. Transplants," 28 Dec. 2018 American television has always, mostly, been forgettable by design. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The 7 best TV shows of 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 Longtime dog lover and parent to the always-on-Instagram Lafitte, Rachel Antonoff is taking matters in to her own hands, too. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The Best Holiday Shopping Benefits Animal Adoption," 8 Dec. 2018 These all-in-one sets aren't always necessarily the best value, either. Nicole Saporita, Good Housekeeping, "The 5 Best Bed-in-a-Bag Sets You Can Buy," 24 Dec. 2018 And Nadaam is an ethical brand for cashmere which, this time of year, people are always looking for. Molly Creeden, Vogue, "Olivia Wilde Reveals 18 Covetable—and Socially Conscious!—Gifts That Give Back," 21 Dec. 2018 Tech-whiz jock Chase Stein (Gregg Sulkin) particularly shines this season, always ready with a lesson from his coach that’s meant to help his situation. Samantha Nelson, The Verge, "Season 2 of Runaways forges a bold new path — eventually," 21 Dec. 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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Dictionary Entries near always

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alveopalatal

alway

always

always-on

Alyce clover

Alypia

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always

adverb
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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