always

[ awl-weyz, -weez ]
/ ˈɔl weɪz, -wiz /

adverb

every time; on every occasion; without exception: He always works on Saturday.
all the time; continuously; uninterruptedly: There is always some pollution in the air.
forever: Will you always love me?
in any event; at any time; if necessary: She can always move back with her parents.

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Origin of always

1200–50; Middle English alwayes, alleweyes, alles weis, genitive (denoting distribution; cf. once) of all wei; alle- lost its genitive ending and was treated as a compounding element under influence of alle wey alway. See all, way1 alway, -s1

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2, 3. Both always and ever refer to uniform or perpetual continuance. Always often expresses or implies repetition as producing the uniformity or continuance: The sun always rises in the east. Ever implies an unchanging sameness throughout: Natural law is ever to be reckoned with.
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always

/ (ˈɔːlweɪz, -wɪz) /

adverb

without exception; on every occasion; every timehe always arrives on time
continually; repeatedly
in any caseyou could always take a day off work
informal for ever; without endour marriage is for always
Also (archaic): alway

Word Origin for always

C13 alles weiss, from Old English ealne weg, literally: all the way; see all, way
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Word Origin and History for always

always


adv.

mid-14c., compound of Old English phrase ealne weg "always, quite, perpetually," literally "all the way," with accusative of space or distance, though the oldest recorded usages refer to time. The adverbial genitive -s appeared early 13c. and is now the standard, though the variant alway survived into 1800s. OED speculates allway was originally of space or distance, "but already in the oldest Eng. transferred to an extent of time."

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