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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Hill 88, Rodeo Beach: The coastal fog deck often (but not always) tops out at 600 to 1,000 feet — that’s when Hill 88 and its 1,053-foot summit provides a spectacular view across the stratus sea. Tom Stienstra,, "’Tis the season for ‘Dancing with Fog’," 12 July 2018 The short person has left for the local summer job and, as always, the official mascots are snoozing here and there. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Pharmalittle: Most drug price hikes occurred before Azar arrived; Novartis abandons antibiotics," 12 July 2018 The actors, as always, do a stellar job selling their material. Rena Gross, Billboard, "'The Handmaid's Tale': Season 2, Episode 13 Recap: 19 Startling Moments in 'The Word'," 11 July 2018 Hitting coaches need to be available, always, for video or soft toss or batting practice on the field or a simple pep talk. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "The swings and misses of George Brett's turn as the Royals' hitting coach," 8 July 2018 The Enquirer/Mike Nyerges Futbol Club Cincinnati and its fans have always taken pride in the team's meteoric rise – both on the field and in the bleachers. Charlie Hatch,, "FC Cincinnati to celebrate 1 million fans in attendance through first 2.5 seasons," 14 July 2018 But Grande, who has always been an outspoken feminist and refused to be defined by her sexuality, rejects the notion that women can only be one thing, that feminine sensuality and divinity can't go hand in hand. Bonnie Stiernberg, Glamour, "Ariana Grande's 'God Is a Woman' Video Is an Incredible Manifesto for Empowering Female Sexuality," 14 July 2018 To show women of color in a way not always expected. Katie V. Jones, Howard County Times, "Laurel photographer's perceptions of beauty," 12 July 2018 What has always raised eyebrows, however, is the Air Force’s contention that the F-35A would replace the A-10 Warthog in close air support duties. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Long Awaited A-10 vs.-F-35 Flyoff Is Off to a Sketchy Start," 11 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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alleviating pain or harshness

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