Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. At all times; invariably: always late.
  • adv. For all time; forever: They will always be friends.
  • adv. At any time; in any event: You can always resign if you're unhappy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. At all times; ever; perpetually; throughout all time; continually.
  • adv. Constantly during a certain period, or regularly at stated intervals; invariably; uniformly;—opposed to sometimes or occasionally.
  • adv. In any event.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. At all times; ever; perpetually; throughout all time; continually.
  • adv. Constancy during a certain period, or regularly at stated intervals; invariably; uniformly; -- opposed to sometimes or occasionally.
  • adv.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • All the time; throughout all time; uninterruptedly; continually; perpetually; ever: as, God is always the same.
  • Every time; at all recurring times; as often as occasion arises: as, he always comes home on Saturday.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. at any time or in any event
  • adv. without variation or change, in every case
  • adv. forever; throughout all time
  • adv. at all times; all the time and on every occasion
  • adv. without interruption

Etymologies

Middle English alweis : alwei, always (from Old English ealne weg : ealne, accusative of eall, all; see all + weg, way; see wegh- in Indo-European roots) + -es, adv. suff.; see -s3.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Originally a genitive form of alway, from Middle English allwaye, alle wey, from Old English ealneġ, ealneweġ ("always, perpetually", literally "all the way"), from ealne + weġ (accusative case), equivalent to al- (“all”) +‎ way, or all +‎ -ways. Cognate with Scots alwayis ("always"), Low German allerwegens ("very often", literally "all ways'"). More at all, way. (Wiktionary)

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