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Webster 1913 Edition


Always

Al′ways

,
adv.
[
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 1828 Edition


Always

AL'WAY

or AL'WAYS,
adv.
[all and way]
1.
Perpetually; throughout all time; as, God is always the same.
2.
Continually; without variation.
I do alway those things which please him. John 8. Mat. 28.
3.
Continually or constantly during a certain period, or regularly at stated intervals.
Mephibosheth shall eat bread alway at my table. 2Sam. 9.
4.
At all convenient times; regularly.
Cornelius prayed to God alway. Acts 10. Luke 18. Eph. 6.
Alway is now seldom used. The application of this compound to time proceeds from the primary sense of way, which is a going or passing; hence, continuation.
A.M. stand for Artium Magister, master of arts, the second degree given by universities and colleges; called in some countries, doctor of philosophy. In America, this degree is conferred without examination, on bachelors of three years standing.
A.M. stand also for Anno Mundi, in the year of the world.
AM, the first person of the verb to be, in the indicative mode, present tense.
I am that I am. Ex. 3.

Definition 2022


always

always

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always (not comparable)

  1. At all times; ever; perpetually; throughout all time; continually; every time.
    God is always the same.
    • 2013 May-June, David Van Tassel, Lee DeHaan, Wild Plants to the Rescue”, in American Scientist, volume 101, number 3:
      Plant breeding is always a numbers game. [] The wild species we use are rich in genetic variation, and individual plants are highly heterozygous and do not breed true. In addition, we are looking for rare alleles, so the more plants we try, the better.
  2. Constantly during a certain period, or regularly at stated intervals; invariably; uniformly;opposed to sometimes or occasionally.
    Our first dog always barked at passers-by.
    • 1840, Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Money
      His liveries are black,his carriage is black,he always rides a black galloway,and, faith, if he ever marry again, I think he will show his respect to the sainted Maria by marrying a black woman.
    • 1879, Richard Jefferies, The Amateur Poacher, chapter1:
      They burned the old gun that used to stand in the dark corner up in the garret, close to the stuffed fox that always grinned so fiercely. Perhaps the reason why he seemed in such a ghastly rage was that he did not come by his death fairly. And why else was he put away up there out of sight?—and so magnificent a brush as he had too.
    • 1922, Michael Arlen, “Ep./1/1”, in “Piracy”: A Romantic Chronicle of These Days:
      And so it had always pleased M. Stutz to expect great things from the dark young man whom he had first seen in his early twenties ; and his expectations has waxed rather than waned on hearing the faint bruit of the love of Ivor and Virginia—for Virginia, M. Stutz thought, would bring fineness to a point in a man like Ivor Marlay, [].
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 7, in The China Governess:
      The highway to the East Coast which ran through the borough of Ebbfield had always been a main road and even now, despite the vast garages, the pylons and the gaily painted factory glasshouses which had sprung up beside it, there still remained an occasional trace of past cultures.
  3. (informal) In any event.
    I thought I could always go back to work.

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  • Used for both duration and frequency.

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