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Dictionary Definition

always adv
1 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" [syn: ever, e'er] [ant: never]
2 seemingly without interruption; often and repeatedly; "always looking for faults"; "it is always raining"; "he is forever cracking jokes"; "they are forever arguing" [syn: forever]
3 at any time or in any event; "you can always resign if you don't like it"; "you could always take a day off"
4 forever; throughout all time; "we will always be friends"; "I shall treasure it always"; "I will always love you"

User Contributed Dictionary



Originally a genitive form of alway.


  • a UK /ˈɔːl.weɪz/, /"O:l.weIz/
  • a US /ˈɔl.weɪz/|/ˈɔl.wiz/, /"Ol.weIz/|/"Ol.wiz/
  • Hyphenation: al·ways


  1. At all times; ever; perpetually; throughout all time; continually:
    God is always the same.
  2. Constantly during a certain period, or regularly at stated intervals; invariably; uniformly;—opposed to sometimes or occasionally.
    He always rides a black galloway. --Bulwer.




at all times
  • Chinese traditional/simplified: 總是, 总是 (zongshi)
  • Croatian: uvijek, stalno, neprestano
  • Czech: vždy
  • Danish: altid
  • Dutch: altijd
  • Finnish: aina, alati, ikuisesti, iäti
  • German: immer
  • Greek: πάντα, πάντοτε
  • Hungarian: mindig
  • Japanese: いつも
  • Kurdish: hemîşe, daîme, هه‌رده‌م, هه‌میشه‌
  • Latvian: vienmēr
  • Polish: zawsze
  • Russian: всегда (vs'egdá), вечно (v'éčno)
  • Slovene: vedno, zmeraj
constantly during a certain period, or regularly at stated intervals

Extensive Definition

Always means "at all points in time" or at "anytime". The term comes from the words "all" and "ways", meaning that something is happening and will do so eternally.
Always may refer to:
always in Spanish: Always
always in French: Always
always in Japanese: オールウェイズ
always in Portuguese: Always (desambiguação)
always in Swedish: Always
always in Thai: ออลเวย์ส (แก้ความกำกวม)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abidingly, again and again, all along, all over, all the time, all the while, at all times, at every turn, ceaselessly, changelessly, constantly, continually, continuously, cosmically, daily, daily and hourly, day after day, day and night, enduringly, eternally, ever, ever and always, ever and anon, everlastingly, evermore, every day, every hour, every moment, everywhere, forever, forevermore, frequently, galactically, hour after hour, hourly, in any case, in every instance, in perpetuity, incessantly, inflexibly, internationally, invariably, lastingly, like clockwork, many times, methodically, month after month, never otherwise, night and day, often, on and on, orderly, perennially, permanently, perpetually, rapidly, regularly, right along, rigidly, statically, steadfastly, steadily, sustainedly, systematically, the world over, unceasingly, unchangingly, unendingly, unintermittently, uninterruptedly, universally, unvaryingly, unwaveringly, usually, without cease, without exception, without letup, without stopping, year after year
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