Definitions for alwaysˈɔl weɪz, -wiz

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

al•waysˈɔl weɪz, -wiz(adv.)

  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.

Origin of always:

1200–50; ME alwayes, alles weis, gen. of alle wei; OE ealneweg=eal(ne)all+wegway

Princeton's WordNet

  1. always, ever, e'er(adverb)

    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. constantly, invariably, always(adverb)

    without variation or change, in every case

    "constantly kind and gracious"; "he always arrives on time"

  3. constantly, always, forever, perpetually, incessantly(adverb)

    without interruption

    "the world is constantly changing"

  4. always(adverb)

    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(adverb)

    forever; throughout all time

    "we will always be friends"; "I shall treasure it always"; "I will always love you"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. always(adverb)ˈɔl weɪz, -wiz

    all the time; = continuously

    The TV is always on.

  2. alwaysˈɔl weɪz, -wiz

    each time

    They always get here late.

  3. alwaysˈɔl weɪz, -wiz

    throughout the past or future

    I will always love you.

  4. alwaysˈɔl weɪz, -wiz

    indicates annoyance at sth that happens frequently

    She's always complaining.


  1. always(Adverb)

    At all times; ever; perpetually; throughout all time; continually:

    I thought I could always go back to work

  2. always(Adverb)

    In any event

    I thought I could always go back to work

  3. always(Adverb)

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

  4. Origin: Originally a genitive form of alway, from allwaye, alle wey, from ealneg, ealneweg, from ealne + weg, equivalent to , or . Cognate with alwayis, allerwegens. More at all, way.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Always(adverb)

    at all times; ever; perpetually; throughout all time; continually; as, God is always the same

  2. Always(adverb)

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


  1. Always

    "Always" is a popular song written by Irving Berlin in 1925, as a wedding gift for his wife Ellin McKay, whom he married in 1926, and to whom he presented the substantial royalties. The song was supposed to be used for the Marx Brothers' Broadway musical The Cocoanuts but was cut by Berlin during out-of-town tryouts. In 1942 it was used as the theme music for the film The Pride of the Yankees. It was also used in the 1945 film Blithe Spirit, based on the Noël Coward play. Hit versions have been recorded by such diverse artists as Frank Sinatra, Patsy Cline, Billie Holiday, Billy Corgan, Guy Lombardo, Leonard Cohen, Phil Collins, Machito and The Ink Spots. Billy Eckstine and Sarah Vaughan also recorded it as a duet. Bandleader Sammy Kaye recorded it twice, in 1945 with singer Arthur Wright, and as part of a 1949 LP with singer Tony Alamo. Diana Ross & The Supremes performed a Motown-styled version of the song in a tribute to Irving Berlin on The Ed Sullivan Show. Lynda Carter would close her TV specials with the song. Mandy Patinkin sang the song to his character Rube's daughter in the TV series Dead Like Me. Paul McCartney recorded it for his 2012 album Kisses on the Bottom.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'always' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #188

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'always' in Written Corpus Frequency: #197

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'always' in Adverbs Frequency: #32

Translations for always

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at all times

I always work hard; I'll always remember her.

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