- al|waysW1S1 [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) sthBrE 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 alwaysas is usual or expected▪ The truth, as always, is more complicated.▪ As always, Deborah was the last to arrive.7.) can/could always do sththere's always sthspoken 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 etcused 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 note ↑still1
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.