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Meaning of always by Wiktionary Dictionary

always


    Alternative forms

    • alwayes ( obsolete )

    Etymology

    Originally a genitive form of alway, from Middle English allwaye, alle wey, from Old English ealneġ, ealneweġ ( “always, perpetually”, literally “all the way” ), from ealne + weġ ( accusative case ), equivalent to al- ( “all” ) +‎ way, or all +‎ -ways. Cognate with Scots alwayis ( “always” ), Low German allerwegens ( “very often”, literally “all ways'” ). More at all, way .

    Pronunciation

    • ( UK ) IPA: /ˈɔːl.weɪz/, X-SAMPA: /"O:l.weIz/
    • ( US ) IPA: /ˈɔl.weɪz/, /ˈɔl.wiz/, X-SAMPA: /"Ol.weIz/, /"Ol.wiz/
    • Hyphenation: al‧ways

    Adverb

    always ( not comparable )

    1. At all times; ever; perpetually; throughout all time; continually:
      God is always the same .
    2. Constantly during a certain period, or regularly at stated intervals; invariably; uniformly;—opposed to sometimes or occasionally .
      He always rides a black galloway. --Bulwer .
    3. ( informal ) In any event
      I thought I could always go back to work

    Usage notes

    Derived terms

    • alwaysness

    Synonyms

    Antonyms

    • ( at all times ): never

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Explanation of always by Wordnet Dictionary

always


    Adverb
    1. at all times

    2. I will always be there to help you
      always arrives on time
      there is always some pollution in the air
    3. forever

    4. we will always be friends
      I shall treasure it always
      I will always love you
    5. at any time or in any event

    6. you can always resign if you don't like it
      you could always take a day off
    7. without interruption

    8. without variation or change, in every case

    9. he always arrives on time


    Definition of always by GCIDE Dictionary

    always


    1. Always adv. [All + way. The s is an adverbial ( orig. a genitive ) ending.]
      1. At all times; ever; perpetually; throughout all time; continually; as, “God is always the same”.

      Even in Heaven his [Mammon's] looks and thoughts. Milton.

      2. Constancy during a certain period, or regularly at stated intervals; invariably; uniformly; -- opposed to sometimes or occasionally.

      He always rides a black galloway. Bulwer.