• (British) IPA: /ˈɔː(l).weɪz/, /ˈɔːl.wɪz/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈɔl.weɪz/, /ˈɔl.wiz/, /ˈɔl.wəz/

always (not comparable)

  1. 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, Thesaurus:forever
    Antonyms: at no time, never, Thesaurus:never
  2. Constantly during a certain period, or regularly at stated intervals (opposed to sometimes or occasionally).
    Synonyms: invariably, uniformly, Thesaurus:uniformly
    Antonyms: manywise, sundrily, variously, Thesaurus:diversely
    In this street, the shops always close during lunchtime.
    • 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.
    • 1879, R[ichard] J[efferies], chapter 1, in The Amateur Poacher, London: Smith, Elder, & Co., […], OCLC 752825175 ↗:
      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.
  3. (informal) In any event.
    I thought I could always go back to work.
    Synonyms: anyhow, anyway, at any rate, regardless, Thesaurus:regardless
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