Definition of always in English:


Syllabification: al·ways
Pronunciation: /ˈôlˌwāz, -wēz
( • archaic alway)


  • 2As a last resort; failing all else: if the marriage doesn’t work out, we can always get divorced
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    • 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.
    as a last resort, no matter what, in any event, in any case, come what may


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.

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