al·​ways | \ ˈȯl-wēz How to pronounce always (audio) , -wəz, -(ˌ)wāz also ˈȯ- How to pronounce always (audio) \

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

Arsenal has always been convinced that Mesut Özil is a soccer genius. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "English Soccer’s Highest-Paid Mystery," 7 Mar. 2019 Workers light the fires manually and are always on hand to observe in case something gets out of hand. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "It's So Cold in Chicago That the Rail Company Is Lighting Its Tracks on Fire," 30 Jan. 2019 No cooperation means, as always, your problems are bigger than this trip, so solutions would have to be, too. Carolyn Hax, The Seattle Times, "Wife doesn’t want to go on big family trip," 4 Feb. 2019 Sharing a photo taken at the Learning Lab Ventures Gala on Thursday night in Beverly Hills, Jonas and Chopra looked adorable together, as always. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Nick Jonas & Priyanka Chopra Just Made the Best Joke About Their Many Wedding Receptions," 2 Feb. 2019 Intel has always recognized that data fuels the processors that are the engines of its own growth. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel makes Bob Swan its permanent CEO, maintaining a slow, steady course away from the PC," 31 Jan. 2019 Of course, everyone is different, and tangible gifts aren't always the answer. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "These Creative Gifts and Gestures Are the Best Ways to Say "I Love You"," 27 Jan. 2019 Apple wasn’t always first, but its products were easier to use, thinner, cooler. John D. Stoll, WSJ, "Polaroid. Walkman. Palm Pilot. iPhone?," 11 Jan. 2019 Those products were always based around high-quality photos. Eric Johnson, Recode, "How Imgur avoids the ugliness of social media," 26 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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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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of or relating to a parable or parabola

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