always Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. adverb at all times; all the time and on every occasion
    ever; e'er.
    • I will always be there to help you
    • always arrives on time
    • there is always some pollution in the air
    • ever hoping to strike it rich
    • ever busy
  2. adverb without variation or change, in every case
    constantly; invariably.
    • constantly kind and gracious
    • he always arrives on time
  3. adverb without interruption
    incessantly; forever; constantly; perpetually.
    • the world is constantly changing
  4. adverb at any time or in any event
    • you can always resign if you don't like it
    • you could always take a day off
  5. adverb forever; throughout all time
    • we will always be friends
    • I shall treasure it always
    • I will always love you


Al"ways adverb
All + way. The s is an adverbial (orig. a genitive) ending.
  1. At all times; ever; perpetually; throughout all time; continually; as, God is always the same.
    Even in Heaven his [Mammon's] looks and thoughts. Milton.
  2. Constancy during a certain period, or regularly at stated intervals; invariably; uniformly; -- opposed to sometimes or occasionally.
    He always rides a black galloway. Bulwer.

Webster 1913