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British English: /əˈweɪ/
American English: /əˈweɪ/
Away often appears in English as the second element of a verb ( run away, put away, get away, look away, give away etc). For translations, look at the appropriate verb entry ( run put get look give etc). away often appears after a verb in English to show that an action is continuous or intense. If away does not change the basic meaning of the verb only the verb is translated: he was snoring away = il ronflait. If away does change the basic meaning of the verb ( he's grinding away at his maths), consult the appropriate verb entry.This dictionary contains Usage Notes on topics like distance. For the index to these Notes see .

Translation of away in French:


  • 2 (British English) [informal] (drunk)to be well away
    être parti [informal]
    être soûl


  • 1 (not present, gone)to be away
    (gen) (School)
    être absent (from de)
    (on business trip) être en déplacement
    I'll be away (for) two weeks
    je serai absent pendant deux semaines
    to be away on vacation/on business
    être en vacances/en voyage d'affaires or en déplacement
    to be away from home
    ne pas être chez soi, être absent de chez soi
    I'll have to be away by 10
    il faut que je sois parti avant 10 heures
    she's away in Paris
    elle est à Paris
    she's away at a conference
    elle est partie à un congrès
  • 2 (distant in space) 3 km/50 m away
    à 3 km /50 m
    10 cm away from the edge
    à 10 cm du bord
    a weekend away in the country
    un week-end à la campagne
    I hate to be away from home
    je déteste ne pas être chez moi
    away with you!
    arrête de dire des bêtises!
  • 3 (distant in time) London is two hours away
    Londres est à deux heures d'ici
    my birthday is two months away
    mon anniversaire est dans deux mois
    the election/the exam is only days away
    l'élection/l'examen aura lieu dans quelques jours seulement
    far get keep stay
  • 4 (in the opposite direction) to shuffle/crawl away
    partir en traînant les pieds/en rampant
    drive walk
  • 5 (for emphasis) away back in 1920
    en 1920
    away over the other side of the lake
    de l'autre côté du lac
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