( • archaic alway)
- 1At all times; on all occasions: the sun always rises in the eastMore example sentences
- This annual dinner for the committee and their friends is always an enjoyable occasion.
- Over the years it seemed to become a household name and the event is always an occasion to look forward to.
- This is always a lovely community occasion and a large attendance is anticipated.
- 1.1Throughout a long period of the past: she had always been an obstinate sortMore example sentences
- Throughout this period, there had always been a minority of rebels who challenged the rule of the clock.
- In the past, I've always known every summer what I'm going to be doing the following season.
- Ms Benson said that their phone lines were always quiet in the period coming up to Christmas.
- 1.2For all future time; forever: she will always be missedMore example sentences
- It will never be over in my heart though because she will always be there, forever and ever.
- Similarly, you get the feeling that speech recognition is the technology of the future and always will be.
- We should always act in such a way to make certain there will always be a human future.
- 1.3Repeatedly and annoyingly: she is always making derogatory remarksMore example sentences
- Then there was the obligatory annoying kid that you always get in these movies.
- I suppose some would call it a woman's book which always sounds a bit derogatory to me.
- I loved Halloween but the costume selection part of it was always the most annoying.
- 2As a last resort; failing all else: if the marriage doesn’t work out, we can always get divorcedMore example sentences
- As a last resort you could always throw out the computer, but could you survive without eBay?
- Failing this there is always the marvellous views of the French Alps to look forward to.
- I think separation seems a bit more straightforward than a divorce and we can always get one at a later stage.
Middle 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.