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

Well, pragmatically Penny was always the smartest one. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "The Big Bang Theory," 17 May 2019 But there's one thing even Blake will admit he isn't always so good at: social media. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Blake Shelton Accidentally Started Drama With a Fan on Twitter and It Was Very Awkward," 13 May 2019 Failing that, there’s always Cities: Skylines though. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: John Wick tactics, a Blood remaster, and a survival-focused Ghost Recon," 10 May 2019 Android P — officially known as Android 9 Pie — was always going to be the easy one. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "What will Google call Android 10 Q?," 6 May 2019 Either way, should you be concerned for your health if your pet is basically always trying to make out with you? Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "How Unsanitary Is It to Kiss Your Pet on the Mouth?," 2 May 2019 There’s always the possibility that your manager could reject your request completely. Josephine Yurcaba, Woman's Day, "How to Ask For a Raise," 18 Apr. 2019 This also isn’t a tale about how my 8-year-old daughter hates shopping, worships her father, and wants to live overseas one day, or how my 10-year-old sons always want to be with me, even though that’s all true as well. Jackie Goldschneider, Good Housekeeping, "I Cried When I Found Out I Was Having Boys," 5 Apr. 2019 Best of luck to those affected, as always—but maybe, in light of this year’s unprecedented wave of layoffs, the industry should figure out what the hell is going on and maybe make some changes accordingly. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Free copies of Morrowind, Divinity: Original Sin 2 gets a tactics spinoff," 25 Mar. 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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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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