Definition of away in English:


Syllabification: a·way
Pronunciation: /əˈwā


1To or at a distance from a particular place, person, or thing: she landed badly, and crawled away they walked away from the church in silence Bernice pushed him away we’ll be away for four nights there’s a river not far away
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  • Residents from four neighbouring houses spent a night away from their homes as the house was sealed off.
  • Several of the injured kids began to cry out in pain or crawl away from the gun shots.
  • To his surprise the baby quickly struggled out and started crawling away from them.
off, from here, from there
aside, off, to one side
1.1At a specified distance: when he was ten or twelve feet away, he stopped a loud explosion a short distance away we have had patients from as far away as Toronto
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  • The offenders left in the waiting Honda, which was found abandoned a short distance away on Percival Walk.
  • Princes Street, just a short distance away, had to endure only a few tens of thousand shoppers due to the bad weather!
  • St Andrews travellers can, and do, access the rail network at Leuchars, only a short distance away.
at a distance from, apart from
1.2At a specified future distance in time: the wedding is only weeks away
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  • Then there are areas with great potential for the future such as genetics but that potential is years away.
  • A future more than ten minutes away doesn't really exist for a three year old.
  • It was a hard shoot because we were basically housed in a small village about four hours away from Shanghai.
1.3Toward a lower level; downward: in front of them the land fell away to the river
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  • Continue north from Froswick and the land falls steeply away on both sides of the ridge.
  • Of course, since they were temporary they have long fallen away to expose the disintegrating molars below.
  • They following year it went up to 4,633 but has fallen away gradually ever since.
1.4Conceptually to one side, so as no longer to be the focus of attention: the museum has shifted its emphasis away from research toward exhibitions
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  • This drew attention away from the whole and focused it on the part, as all empiricist research tends to do.
  • People need be entertained to take their attention away from conflict.
  • Third, most crucially, acts of terror divert the attention of the masses away from collective action.
2Into an appropriate place for storage or safekeeping: he put away the lawn furniture Philip locked away all the cash every night
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  • During its history the room was used for prayer, as secure storage to lock away treasures and as a Royal guest room.
  • At present, no one can be sure how much of York's heritage is locked away for safe-keeping.
  • The start of the race was delayed in comic style with Oxford unable to get back into their team bus where their kit was locked away.
2.1Toward or into nonexistence: the sound of hoofbeats died away Marie felt her distress ebbing away
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  • He runs out of air and ever so slowly gets suffocated and finally dies away.
  • And yet we let it rot away and die without ever tapping into the stories our elders have to tell.
  • None of the businesses qualified as charities of course, so the Minute Pools died away.
3Constantly, persistently, or continuously: there was little Edgar crooning away have your camera ready and click away when you spot something
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  • He is constantly picking away at the scab of his own dissatisfaction.
  • I envisioned holding still for several seconds while a camera shutter clicked away.
  • Not nearly as many as have crooned away to it at the kitchen sink of a Sunday morn as one of Steve Wright's love songs, I bet.


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1(Of a sports game) played at the opponents' field or court: tomorrow night’s away game at Yankee Stadium an away victory
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  • The move follows a dramatic drop in football violence by Millwall fans at home and away matches.
  • Kendal County's away match at Ambleside was called off because of a waterlogged pitch.
  • As with all away match tickets they will be on sale to season ticket holders and members for a period of time and then go on general sale.
1.1Relating to or denoting a sports team that is playing at the opponents' field or court: the away team left with a win in the shootout


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A game played or won by a team at their opponents' field or court.


Old English onweg, aweg 'on one's way' (see a-2, way).


away with

see with.
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  • Away with them!
  • Away with her! Blasphemy! Blasphemy!
  • Away with your facts and reality!

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