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 Those looking for a home have always taken location into account, considering factors like crime rates and local schools. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 12 Oct. 2021 Superman's symbol has always stood for hope, for truth and for justice. Christian Holub,, 11 Oct. 2021 The two cover stars opened up about their very public relationship, sharing details of what people don't always see in their photographs and red carpet appearances. Greta Bjornson,, 11 Oct. 2021 There’s always the possibility another company could scoop up Vertex., 11 Oct. 2021 Adherence to policies, instructions and standard operating procedures should always be subjected to periodic checks and audits. Abdul Subhani, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2021 The always simmering culture war divide came late in the afternoon, after most people had already observed, or not, their day of choice. Anthony Man,, 11 Oct. 2021 Ford has always made sure to offer drivers a spectrum of performance and power across a range of ‘Stangs. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 11 Oct. 2021 The team's midseason revelation of Willy Adames has always been explained as getting him out of Tropicana Field, the Rays' home ballpark and a place where Adames simply couldn't seem to hit the ball. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 Oct. 2021

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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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14 Oct 2021

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“Always.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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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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