con·​stant·​ly ˈkän(t)-stənt-lē How to pronounce constantly (audio)
: without variation, deviation, or change : always
constantly on the alert
constantly improving
a temperature that's constantly maintained
… the fear of the sea was constantly in my mind, battling with the fear of my companions.Robert Louis Stevenson
: with regular occurrence : incessantly
constantly complaining
After all, Val doesn't let him get a lick of rest and is constantly bugging him to play with her.Ryan D. Wilson
All my traveling life, 40 years of peregrinating Africa, Asia, South America and Oceania, I have thought constantly of home—and especially of the America I had never seen.Paul Theroux

Examples of constantly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web People of color are constantly facing obstacles in this country, and that can sometimes apply to sports. Okla Jones, Essence, 12 Sep. 2023 Because viruses continuously evolve, scientists must constantly keep pace with their changes by developing new vaccines to combat them. Tara Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Sep. 2023 First in Jackson and later in Clay, Caldwell and Daviess counties, the fledgling faith tried and failed to gain a foothold, its ambitions of creating a Zion community constantly crashing against the distrust of wary locals. Tamarra Kemsley, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 Sep. 2023 Gradually whisk in milk and evaporated milk until smooth; cook, whisking constantly, 8 to 10 minutes or until slightly thickened. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 12 Sep. 2023 Bobby Cannavale puts it all on the screen as a New Jersey stand-up comic who constantly butts heads with his ex-wife (Rose Byrne) over the best way of raising their autistic son (impressive newcomer William A. Fitzgerald), while also butting heads with his uncommunicative dad (Robert De Niro). Michael Rechtshaffen, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Sep. 2023 He was constantly pressured, threw multiple throwaways and was sacked twice. Irie Harris, cleveland, 11 Sep. 2023 When they are healed and cured from their cancers, many prefer to put this experience in their rearview mirror and not have to think about it constantly. Amy Rosner, Peoplemag, 11 Sep. 2023 The Gish gallop has been constantly on display recently. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 31 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of constantly was in 1651

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“Constantly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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