always

adverb
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

This sort of imperial power is always at the elbow of a sitting president. Ed Burmila, The New Republic, "If Trump wanted to give himself sweeping new powers, could anyone stop him?," 13 June 2019 Injured players aren't always willing to speak with the media, either, to update their situation. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros mailbag: When will Jose Altuve return to action?," 13 June 2019 Luigi using a vacuum cleaner to capture ghosts will always be charming. Channing King, Indianapolis Star, "From 'Cyberpunk 2077' to 'Final Fantasy VII,' here are the big video games of E3 2019," 13 June 2019 As the media and filmmakers in general, we're always tasked with retelling stories. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Making the documentary 'Framing John DeLorean,' a movie within a movie within a movie," 13 June 2019 Once a person becomes infected, rabies is nearly always fatal without treatment. Minali Nigam, CNN, "Most rabies infections in the United States come from bats, CDC says," 12 June 2019 As always, please add your point of view to the comment stream. Doug Maccash, nola.com, "Dr. John left fans one last record to remember him by: report," 12 June 2019 With the internet always at our fingertips, what’s a teacher of history to do? Sam Wineburg, Smithsonian, "What George Washington’s Views on Religion and America Don’t Translate Well to Today’s Politics," 12 June 2019 It’s easier to manage workload and expectations of always being on. Nicole Spector, NBC News, "Yes, you can take a vacation when you're self-employed. Here's how to do it.," 12 June 2019

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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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alveon

alveopalatal

alway

always

always-on

Alyce clover

Alypia

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

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always

adverb

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

always

adverb
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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