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 Paddlers should always be ready for a sudden cold-water immersion. Jesse Leavenworth, Hartford Courant, 20 May 2022 The second leg of the Triple Crown is always a very different race from the Derby. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 20 May 2022 And the aforementioned gala, which is always chock full of dance stars and generally a lavish, pricey affair? Globe Correspondent,, 20 May 2022 No one can ever know all of it; there is always more to learn. Emily Simone, Allure, 20 May 2022 But even with that long list there is always some low hanging fruit for the gardener looking to make gardening, and life, a little less frustrating and a bit more enjoyable. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 20 May 2022 Rimowa has always been at the cutting edge of luggage materials and made the first polycarbonate suitcase in 2000. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, 20 May 2022 The rhythms of the language are so specific, but theater is always the art of making the extremely hard look easy. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 May 2022 As the foundation continues to support Black artists whose cause is amplification, there will always be a reminder there is still a lot more work to do, and the Gordon Parks Foundation is devoted to seeing it through. Cassandra Pintro, Vogue, 20 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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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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