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

The vice president and human resources director always support our bosses, so talking with them won’t help. Marie G. Mcintyre, The Seattle Times, "How bad is this workplace? Bosses covered the windows to keep workers from looking out," 14 Nov. 2018 Today, Google announced a new feature for its Project Fi cellular service: an always-on VPN. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Google adds always-on VPN to its Project Fi cellular service," 13 Nov. 2018 There will always be young men like the Thousand Oaks shooter, full of rage, mentally unstable, living with mom, failing to launch. Abigail Shrier, WSJ, "Real Men Saved Lives in Thousand Oaks," 12 Nov. 2018 The moment when Steve Jobs pulled the first MacBook Air out of an envelope in the 2008 keynote and shifted the idea of a laptop from a brick to an ultra-portable machine has always stuck with me, and MacBook Airs have served me well over the years. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "So, About That Retina Macbook Air Keyboard," 30 Oct. 2018 God puts you in places to help people.’ She’s always told me that. Lizzie Johnson,, "Regret haunts Wine Country fire hero: ‘I’ve never cried this much’," 13 July 2018 Our guys always go out and try to win and today wasn't the day. Juan Pimiento,, "10-man Chicago Fire drop their 3rd straight against FC Dallas," 14 July 2018 England wearing white instead of red and the game being shown on channel 3 was always going to precede failure., "England: Who Is to Blame?," 12 July 2018 But when tariffs are unleashed, as businesses are learning, things don’t always go as expected. David Lazarus,, "California Inc.: A tough job market for recent college grads," 9 July 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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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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