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.

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? See More
Recent Examples on the Web My mom has always been extraordinarily simple in her perspective on life. Emma Specter, Vogue, 8 May 2022 Research — including a new study out of Northwestern University — shows that medications are not always effective in treating postpartum depression. Washington Post, 8 May 2022 Whether in state or out of state, Molly was always there! Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, 8 May 2022 Host Benedict Cumberbatch features here, which is always noteworthy. Andy Hoglund,, 8 May 2022 Gull Lake View is billed as a blue collar golf resort for average golfers, mainly because of its moderate pricing — green fees are always less than $100. Scott Kramer, Forbes, 8 May 2022 The band has always been outspoken about their political views, and Zack de la Rocha surely will have a lot to say during their North American trek. Katrina Nattress, SPIN, 7 May 2022 Both of those things have to be true for that to happen, which hasn’t always been the case. Stephen Means, cleveland, 7 May 2022 But packing everything needed for a multi-day trip into a carry-on isn't always an easy feat. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, 7 May 2022 See More

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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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11 May 2022

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“Always.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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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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