The Alternative English Dictionary: always

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always {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: alwayes (obsolete) etymology Originally a genitive form of alway, from Middle English allwaye, alle wey, from Old English ealneġ, ealneweġ, from ealne + weġ, equivalent to al + way, or all + ways. Cognate with Scots alwayis, Low German allerwegens. More at all, way. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈɔːl.weɪz/, /ˈɔːl.wɪz/
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  • (US) /ˈɔl.weɪz/, /ˈɔl.wɪz/, /ˈɔl.wiz/
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  1. At all times; ever; perpetually; throughout all time; continually. exampleGod is always the same.
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  2. Constantly during a certain period, or regularly at stated intervals; invariably; uniformly;—opposed to sometimes or occasionally. exampleOur first dog always barked at passers-by.
    • 1840, Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton, Money (play) His liveries are black,—his carriage is black,—he always rides a black galloway,—and, faith, if he ever marry again, I think he will show his respect to the sainted Maria by marrying a black woman.
    • {{RQ:RJfrs AmtrPqr}} They burned the old gun that used to stand in the dark corner up in the garret, close to the stuffed fox that always grinned so fiercely. Perhaps the reason why he seemed in such a ghastly rage was that he did not come by his death fairly. And why else was he put away up there out of sight?—and so magnificent a brush as he had too.
    • 1922, Michael Arlen, [ “Piracy”: A Romantic Chronicle of These Days], Ep./1/1 , “And so it had always pleased M. Stutz to expect great things from the dark young man whom he had first seen in his early twenties ; and his expectations has waxed rather than waned on hearing the faint bruit of the love of Ivor and Virginia—for Virginia, M. Stutz thought, would bring fineness to a point in a man like Ivor Marlay,{{nb...}}.”
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, The China Governess , 7, , “The highway to the East Coast which ran through the borough of Ebbfield had always been a main road and even now, despite the vast garages, the pylons and the gaily painted factory glasshouses which had sprung up beside it, there still remained an occasional trace of past cultures.”
  3. (informal) In any event. exampleI thought I could always go back to work.
  • Used for both duration and frequency.
Synonyms: (at all times) forever
  • (at all times) never
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