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alwaysadverb [not gradable]

 us   /ˈɔl·weɪz, -wiz/
every ​time, all the ​time, or ​forever: He always ​enjoyed having ​dinner with ​friends. You always ​try to do ​yourbest. I’ll always ​remember her. She’s always (= very often) late. Always is sometimes used after can or could to ​suggest another ​possibility: If you don’t like what’s on TV, you can always ​change the ​channel.
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alwaysadverb

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 ​namewrong.
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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 ​childreneventually.

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.
(Definition of always from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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