Definition of always adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɔːlweɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːlweɪz//
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  1. 1  at all times; on every occasion There's always somebody at home in the evenings. Always lock your car. She always arrives at 7.30. The children always seem to be hungry. We're not always this busy!
  2. 2  for a long time; since you can remember Pat has always loved gardening. This is the way we've always done it. This painting is very good—Ellie always was very good at art (= so it is not very surprising). Did you always want to be an actor?
  3. 3  for all future time I'll always love you.
  4. 4  if you say a person is always doing something, or something is always happening, you mean that they do it, or it happens, very often, and that this is annoying She's always criticizing me. That phone's always ringing. Why are you always complaining about my cooking?
  5. 5can/could always…, there’s always… used to suggest a possible course of action If it doesn't fit, you can always take it back. If he can't help, there's always John.
  6. Word OriginMiddle 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.Idioms  as usually happens or is expected synonym as usual As always, Polly was late for school. used to say that somebody cannot change Once an actor, always an actor.
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