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.

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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 leader of the largest party typically gets the nod, but not always. Washington Post, "Gamble pays off for Lieberman, who becomes Israeli kingmaker," 18 Sep. 2019 Faith and the church have always been central to his life. Pat Mcdonogh, The Courier-Journal, "'We didn't have nobody but God': Louisville pastor reflects on the civil rights movement," 12 Sep. 2019 And yet the 66-year-old documentary filmmaker always finds new subjects to explore. John Wenzel, The Know, "Interview: Ken Burns digs deep in “Country Music,” his new 16-hour PBS documentary series," 12 Sep. 2019 The Moreaus and their attorneys always believed Hurwitz was hiding assets. oregonlive, "Larry Hurwitz, the ‘Starry Night Murder,’ and a life of crime: Reporter Jim Redden on his years tracking a killer," 17 Sep. 2019 Governors and presidents almost always are deferred to by legislative leaders of their party. Los Angeles Times, "In defying Newsom, she tried to protect California from Trump — and showed how legislating should work," 16 Sep. 2019 There is almost always something out of kilter, especially on dress uniforms. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Let’s call them ‘Things That Hollywood Gets Wrong’," 16 Sep. 2019 This disease of the central nervous system is almost always fatal. Brian Pascus, CBS News, "10-year-old Texas girl dies from brain-eating amoeba after swimming in the Brazos River," 16 Sep. 2019 Up Island’’ in New England — but the central characters were almost always Southern women caught between the present and the past., "Anne Rivers Siddons, whose best-selling novels such as ‘‘Peachtree Road,’’ ‘‘Outer Banks’,’ and ‘‘Low Country’’ often portrayed the lives of women coming to terms with the social mores of the South, died Sept. 11 at her home in Charleston, S.C. She was 83.," 15 Sep. 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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The first known use of always was before the 12th century

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“Always.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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


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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