W1S1 [ˈo:lwız, -weız US ˈo:l-] adv
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old English; Origin: ealne weg 'all the way']
1.) all the time, at all times, or every time
Always lock your bicycle to something secure.
She'd always assumed that Gabriel was a girl's name.
He hadn't always been a butler.
2.) for a very long time
I've always wanted to go to Paris.
John's always been keen on music.
3.) for ever
I'll always remember that day.
4.) if someone or something is always doing something, they do it often, especially in an annoying way
That woman next door's always complaining.
5.) always assuming/supposing (that) sth
BrE used to say that one important fact has to be accepted as true for something else to happen, be true etc
We'll leave on Tuesday -- always assuming the car's repaired by then.
6.) as always
as is usual or expected
The truth, as always, is more complicated.
As always, Deborah was the last to arrive.
7.) can/could always do sth
there's always sth
spoken used to make a polite suggestion
You could always try ringing again.
If you can't get it locally, there's always the Internet.
8.) sb always was lucky/untidy etc
used to say you are not surprised by what someone has done because it is typical of them
You always were a stubborn creature.
He's a troublemaker! Always was and always will be!
see usage notestill1

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