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?
Recent Examples on the Web Kach itself was still on the outside and would always remain so. Mark Mazzetti Jonathan Davis Anna Diamond David Mason, New York Times, 16 May 2024 But creating this new subgenre wasn’t always his intention. Cerys Davies, Los Angeles Times, 16 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for always 

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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 24 May. 2024.

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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