What does Always mean?

Definitions for Always
ˈɔl weɪz, -wizAlways

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. always, ever, e'eradverb

    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, alwaysadverb

    without variation or change, in every case

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

  3. constantly, always, forever, perpetually, incessantlyadverb

    without interruption

    "the world is constantly changing"

  4. alwaysadverb

    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. alwaysadverb

    forever; throughout all time

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


  1. alwaysadverb

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

    I thought I could always go back to work

  2. alwaysadverb

    In any event

    I thought I could always go back to work

  3. alwaysadverb

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

  4. Etymology: 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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Alwaysadverb

    Etymology: It is sometimes written alway, compounded of all and way; eallewæga, Sax. tuttavia, Ital.

    That, which sometime is expedient, doth not always so continue. Richard Hooker, b. iv. § 4.

    Man never is, but always to be blest. Alexander Pope.

    He is always great, when some great occasion is presented to him. Dryden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Alwaysadverb

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

  2. Alwaysadverb

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

  3. Etymology: [All + way. The s is an adverbial (orig. a genitive) ending.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Always

    awl′wāz, Alway, awl′wā, adv. through all ways: continually: for ever. [Gen. case of Alway.]

Editors Contribution

  1. always

    On each occasion.

    He always arrives early for work every day as he ensures he leaves plenty of time.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 30, 2016  

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Always in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Always in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Always in a Sentence

  1. Michael Needham:

    Heritage Action has always been a free trade organization, but free-market conservatives are understandably split on this president's request for fast track authority, including an egregiously ineffective welfare program in a bill intended to promote trade will only exacerbate the problem. Conservatives should oppose any effort to combine these two bills.

  2. William Stofega:

    The upbeat messages — it's nice to hear, but then when you're struggling, if you have a cutback at your job, there's always that bleed-over and that could dull the reception, the thing that garners the most attention, obviously, is the iPhone and some of the media products, but... it can be a little excessive after a while.

  3. Jerome Adams:

    It comes down to a lack of federal prioritization. There’s no other way to put it… It’s frustrating when you hear President Biden and Vice President Harris say on the record, ‘We didn’t see this coming. No one could have seen this coming,’ well, we always knew that in the holiday season, you’re going to see a surge. We always knew that delta, after it hit India and the UK, was going to come hit us. So this reflects a failure of the administration to really take this seriously and to prioritize the virus the way they told us they would.

  4. Thomas Bach:

    The last couple of days before the Olympics Games there is always one issue or other to be solved. The Brazilians will solve it, you can already feel the Olympic energy here ... so we are looking forward to a great Games and, as you know, we always had confidence in Brazil, in the Brazilians, that it will be a fantastic Olympic Games.

  5. Marc Benioff:

    The people who give are always the people who give, the people who take are always the people who take, and it's really turned into two buckets. Those who are willing to help and those who aren't. Anyone who does not want to give back, I will help pack their boxes.

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    directed outward; marked by interest in others or concerned with external reality
    • A. ultimo
    • B. elusive
    • C. extroversive
    • D. omnifarious

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