Definition of “always” - English Dictionary

“always” in British English

See all translations

alwaysadverb

uk /ˈɔːl.weɪz/ us /ˈɑːl.weɪz/

always adverb (EVERY TIME)

A1 every time or all the time:

It's always cold in this room.
She always spells my name wrong.

More examples

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 (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 Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“always” in American English

See all translations

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 your best.
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.

(Definition of “always” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)