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 (ôl′wāz, -wĭz, -wēz)
1. At all times; invariably: always late.
2. For all time; forever: They will always be friends.
3. At any time; in any event: You can always resign if you're unhappy.

[Middle English alweis : alwei, always (from Old English ealne weg : ealne, accusative of eall, all; see all + weg, way; see wegh- in Indo-European roots) + -es, adv. suff.; see -s3.]


(ˈɔːlweɪz; -wɪz)
1. without exception; on every occasion; every time: he always arrives on time.
2. continually; repeatedly
3. in any case: you could always take a day off work.
4. informal for ever; without end: our marriage is for always.
Also (archaic): alway
[C13 alles weiss, from Old English ealne weg, literally: all the way; see all, way]


(ˈɔl weɪz, -wiz)

1. every time; on every occasion; without exception: We always sleep late on Saturday.
2. all the time; continuously; uninterruptedly: The light is always burning.
3. forever: Will you always love me?
4. in any event; if necessary: I can always decide not to go.
[1200–50; Middle English alwayes, alles weis, genitive of alle wei; Old English ealneweg=eal(ne) all + weg way]


If something always happens, it happens at all times. If it has always happened, or will always happen, it has happened forever or will happen forever.

When always has one of these meanings, it is used with a simple form of a verb.

If there is no auxiliary verb, always goes in front of the verb, unless the verb is be.

Talking to Harold always cheered her up.
A man always remembers his first love.

If the verb is be, you usually put always after it.

She was always in a hurry.

If there is an auxiliary verb, you usually put always after it.

I've always been very careful.

If there is more than one auxiliary verb, you usually put always after the first one.

She had always been allowed to read whatever she wanted.

Be Careful!
When you use always with this meaning, don't use it with a verb in a progressive form. Don't say, for example, 'Talking to Harold was always cheering her up'.

If you say that something is always happening, you mean that it happens often. When you use always like this, you use it with a progressive form of a verb.

Why are you always interrupting me?
The bed was always collapsing.
She's great – she's always laughing and smiling.

Be Careful!
Don't use 'always' in comparisons, negative sentences, or questions to mean 'at any time in the past' or 'at any time in the future'. Instead you use ever. For example, don't say 'They got on better than always before'. You say 'They got on better than ever before'.

It was the biggest shooting star they had ever seen.
How will I ever manage to survive alone?
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.always - at all timesalways - at all times; all the time and on every occasion; "I will always be there to help you"; "always arrives on time"; "there is always some pollution in the air"; "ever hoping to strike it rich"; "ever busy"
2.always - without variation or change, in every case; "constantly kind and gracious"; "he always arrives on time"
3.always - without interruption; "the world is constantly changing"
4.always - at any time or in any eventalways - at any time or in any event; "you can always resign if you don't like it"; "you could always take a day off"
5.always - foreveralways - forever; throughout all time; "we will always be friends"; "I shall treasure it always"; "I will always love you"


2. forever, ever, for keeps, eternally, for all time, evermore, for good and all (informal), till the cows come home (informal), everlastingly, till the end of time, till Doomsday We will always remember his generosity.
4. as a last resort, in the end, whatever happens I could always go back into the Navy or something.
بِصُورَة دَائِمَة وَمُتَكَرِّرَةدَائِماًدائِمَاً
luôn luôn


[ˈɔːlweɪz] ADVsiempre
as alwayscomo siempre
nearly alwayscasi siempre
he's always latesiempre llega tarde
he's always moaningsiempre está quejándose
you can always go by traintambién puedes ir en tren


[ˈɔːlweɪz] advtoujours
She's always late → Elle est toujours en retard.
He's always moaning → Il est toujours en train de ronchonner.
you could always ...
You could always try again → Vous pouvez toujours réessayer.always-on [ˌɔːlweɪzˈɒn] adj [internet connection] → permanent(e)


immer; (= constantly, repeatedly)ständig, immer; he is always forgettinger vergisst das immer or ständig; you can’t always expect to be forgivendu kannst nicht immer (wieder) erwarten, dass man dir vergibt
we could always go by train/sell the housewir könnten doch auch den Zug nehmen/könnten ja auch das Haus verkaufen; there’s always the possibility that …es besteht immer noch die Möglichkeit, dass …; there’s always that to fall back onwir können ja immer noch darauf zurückgreifen; you can always come along laterSie können ja auch noch später kommen


[ˈɔːlweɪz] advsempre
as always → come sempre
you can always go by train → puoi sempre prendere il treno


(ˈoːlweiz) adverb
1. at all times. I always work hard; I'll always remember her.
2. continually or repeatedly. He is always making mistakes.


دَائِماً vždy altid immer πάντα siempre aina toujours uvijek sempre 常に altijd alltid zawsze sempre всегда alltid เสมอ her zaman luôn luôn 总是


adv. siempre, para siempre.


adv siempre; almost — casi siempre
References in classic literature ?
A regular snow maiden, with blue eyes, and yellow hair curling on her shoulders, pale and slender, and always carrying herself like a young lady mindful of her manners.
I don't remember much about it, except that I was afraid of the cellar and the dark entry, and always liked the cake and milk we had up at the top.
Amy chirped like a cricket, and Jo wandered through the airs at her own sweet will, always coming out at the wrong place with a croak or a quaver that spoiled the most pensive tune.
The idea had got into his mind that he would some time die unexpectedly and always when he got into bed he thought of that.
The book had one central thought that is very strange and has always remained with me.
Always Infinity has been named 2015 Product of the Year in the feminine care category.
Dumb spirit There there Always always always always Always always always
Your memory is our keepsake, with that we will never part, always in our thoughts, forever in our hearts.
Mum, today, tomorrow and everyday too, we will always love and remember you.
Beatie, Bill, Frank, Rob, Gary, Darren, Ryan and family x CHAMBERS Trevor John Third Anniversary Always in our thoughts and forever in our hearts.
uk/familynotices BEANE Fred Treasured memories and thoughts always of a dearly loved husband, dad and grandad who died April 21, 1996.
Falling tears and heartache are things we have to bear, but losing you the way we did will always seem unfair.