always /ˈɔːlweɪz, ˈɔːlweɪz/


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.

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