[awl-weyz, -weez]
every time; on every occasion; without exception: He always works on Saturday.
all the time; continuously; uninterruptedly: There is always some pollution in the air.
forever: Will you always love me?
in any event; at any time; if necessary: She can always move back with her parents.

1200–50; Middle English alwayes, alleweyes, alles weis, genitive (denoting distribution; cf. once) of all wei; alle- lost its genitive ending and was treated as a compounding element under influence of alle wey alway. See all, way, alway, -s1

1. regularly, invariably, consistently. 2, 3. perpetually, everlastingly, continuously. Both always and ever refer to uniform or perpetual continuance. Always often expresses or implies repetition as producing the uniformity or continuance: The sun always rises in the east. Ever implies an unchanging sameness throughout: Natural law is ever to be reckoned with. Unabridged
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always (ˈɔːlweɪz, -wɪz)
1.  without exception; on every occasion; every time: he always arrives on time
2.  continually; repeatedly
3.  in any case: you could always take a day off work
4.  informal for ever; without end: our marriage is for always
[C13 alles weiss, from Old English ealne weg, literally: all the way; see all, way]

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Word Origin & History

mid-14c., compound of O.E. phrase ealne weg "always, quite, perpetually," lit. "all the way," with accusative of space or distance, though the oldest recorded usages refer to time. The adverbial genitive -s appeared early 13c. and is now the standard, though the variant alway survived into 1800s.
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Example sentences
That said, it seems to me that students don't always learn effectively on their
  own or with minimal assistance.
Drink only purified water, and always wash your hands before eating.
Bring antibacterial hand cleaner—soap and water are not always available.
Natural disasters always seem to strike in the worst places.
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