al·​ways ˈȯl-wēz How to pronounce always (audio)
-(ˌ)wāz How to pronounce always (audio)
 also  ˈȯ-
: at all times : invariably
always smiling
: forever
will love you always
: 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
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Word History


Middle English alwayes, from alwey

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Always.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


al·​ways ˈȯl-wēz How to pronounce always (audio) -wəz How to pronounce always (audio)
: at all times : invariably
always ready for a party
: throughout all time : forever
I'll remember you always

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