From Middle English alwayes, allwayes, allweyes, a variant of Middle English allwaye, alwey, alle wey (“always”), from Old English ealneġ, ealneweġ (“always, perpetually”, literally “all the way, all the while, continuously”), from ealne + weġ (accusative case), equivalent to alway + -s. Cognate with Scots alwayis (“always”), Low German allerwegens (“very often”, literally “all ways'”). More at all, way.
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɔː(l).weɪz/, /ˈɔːl.wɪz/
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- (US) IPA(key): /ˈɔl.weɪz/, /ˈɔl.wiz/, /ˈɔl.wəz/
- (cot–caught merger) IPA(key): /ˈɑɫ.weɪz/
- (Southern American English) IPA(key): /ˈɔləs/ (see allus)
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- Rhymes: -ɔːweɪz, -ɔːlweɪz, -ɔːlwɪz, -ɔlwəz
- Hyphenation: al‧ways
always (not comparable)
- At all times; throughout all time; since the beginning.
- God is always the same.
- Green has always been my favorite color. I’ve loved it for as long as I can remember.
- Airplanes did not always exist as a form of transportation.
- Synonyms: perpetually, continually, all the time, every time; see also Thesaurus:forever
- Antonyms: at no time, never; see also Thesaurus:never
- 2013 May-June, David Van Tassel, Lee DeHaan, “Wild Plants to the Rescue”, in American Scientist, volume 101, number 3:
- Plant breeding is always a numbers game. […] The wild species we use are rich in genetic variation, and individual plants are highly heterozygous and do not breed true. In addition, we are looking for rare alleles, so the more plants we try, the better.
- Constantly during a certain period, or regularly at stated intervals (opposed to sometimes or occasionally).
- Synonyms: invariably, uniformly; see also Thesaurus:uniformly
- Antonyms: manywise, sundrily, variously; see also Thesaurus:diversely
- In this street, the shops always close during lunchtime.
- 1840, Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Money
- 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.
- 1879, R[ichard] J[efferies], chapter 1, in The Amateur Poacher, London: Smith, Elder, & Co., […], →OCLC:
- 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, “Ep./1/1”, in “Piracy”: A Romantic Chronicle of These Days:
- 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, […].
- 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 7, in The China Governess:
- 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.
- (informal) In any event.
- I thought I could always go back to work.
- Synonyms: anyhow, anyway, at any rate, regardless; see also Thesaurus:regardless
- Used for both duration and frequency.
- "Always" used with a continuous tense can imply anger or annoyance about another person's persistent habits, for example "My mum is always telling me to tidy me room!".
Phrases with "always"
- a bad penny always comes back
- a bad penny always turns up
- a bad workman always blames his tools
- it is always darkest before the dawn
- it is always darkest just before the dawn
- the bad penny always comes back
- the bad penny always turns up
- the cobbler always wears the worst shoes
- the customer is always right
- the darkest hour is always just before the dawn
- the first step is always the hardest
- the grass is always greener
- the grass is always greener on the other side
- the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence
- the house always wins
- the poor we will always have with us
- there's always a bigger fish
at all times
constantly during a certain period, or regularly at stated intervals
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Translations to be checked
- ^ Hall, Joseph Sargent (March 2, 1942), “3. The Consonants”, in The Phonetics of Great Smoky Mountain Speech (American Speech: Reprints and Monographs; 4), New York: King's Crown Press, →DOI, →ISBN, § 2, page 88.