I. adverb 1. at all times; on all occasions • the sun always rises in the east.
2. throughout a long period of the past • Isabel had always been in rude health.
3. for all future time; forever • she will always be missed.
4. repeatedly and annoyingly • she is always making derogatory remarks.
5. as a last resort; failing all else • if the marriage doesn’t work out, we can always get divorced.
II. phrases as always as usual; as always happens • opinions, as always, were divided
• as always, I think that consumers are looking for a product that tastes good.
– origin Middle English: genitive case of all way, the inflection probably giving the sense ‘at every time’ as opposed to ‘at one uninterrupted time’: the difference between the two is no longer distinct.