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adverb uk   /ˈɔːl.weɪz/  us   /ˈɑːl-/

always adverb (EVERY TIME)

A1 every time or all the time: It's always cold in this room. She always spells my name wrong.
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always adverb (FOR EVER)

A2 for ever: I'll always remember you.

always adverb (UNTIL NOW)

A2 at all times in the past: I've always liked him. I always thought I'd have children eventually.

always adverb (POSSIBILITY)

B1 used with "can" or "could" to suggest another possibility: If you miss this train you can always catch the next one.

always adverb (MANY TIMES)

B2 again and again, usually in an annoying way: [+ -ing verb] disapproving You're always complaining.
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