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American English: /əˈweɪ/
British English: /əˈweɪ/

Translation of away in Spanish:


away often appears as the second element of certain verb structures in English ( back away, do away with, slip away, etc). For translations, see the relevant verb entry ( back, do, slip, etc).
  • 1 1.1 (from place, person) See examples: I looked away
    aparté la vista
    he limped away
    se alejó cojeando
    they dragged the fallen tree away
    se llevaron el árbol caído arrastrándolo
    I turned away
    me di la vuelta
    me di vuelta (Southern Cone)
    1.2 (indicating removal) See examples: the bark had been stripped away
    habían quitado la corteza
    see also blow away take away wash away wipe away
  • 2 2.1 (in the distance) See examples: it isn't far away
    no queda lejos
    we're still a long way away
    todavía estamos muy lejos
    Easter is a long way away
    falta mucho para Pascua
    it's 20 miles away
    queda a 20 millas
    she lives an hour's drive away
    vive a una hora de aquí en coche
    2.2 (absent) See examples: she's away in Canada
    está en Canadá
    they're both away today
    ninguno de los dos está hoy
    I'll be away all next week
    toda la semana que viene no voy a estar or voy a estar fuera
    2.3 (Sport) (especially British English) to play away
    jugar fuera (de casa)
    Example sentences
    • We won away only once last season so to win away this season is to get a monkey off our back.
    • And we will then expect to beat them when they come to us so winning away is a big advantage.
    • It's quite simple, you play everybody home and away in the league and whoever's top at the end wins.
  • 3 (on one's way) See examples: we were away before sunrise
    partimos or salimos antes del amanecer
    a couple of drinks and she's away [colloquial]
    se toma un par de copas y se desata
    you only have to mention golf and he's away [colloquial]
    apenas le mencionas el golf y no hay quien lo pare
  • 4 4.1 (with imperative) I've got some questions to ask you — OK, ask away!
    tengo algunas preguntas que hacerle —¡dígame! or (in Latin America also) ¡pregunte nomás!
    see also fire away
    4.2 (continuously) See examples: he's been painting away all morning
    se ha pasado toda la mañana pintando
    I could hear him singing away in the bath
    lo oía cantar en el baño
  • 5 5.1 (into nothing) See examples: the ghostly figure melted away into the darkness
    la figura fantasmal se desvaneció en la oscuridad
    see also die away fade away waste away
    5.2 (indicating use of time) See examples: you're dreaming your life away
    se te está yendo la vida en sueños
    they danced the night away
    bailaron toda la noche
  • 6away from (as preposition) 6.1 (in opposite direction to) See examples: to face away from the light
    ponerse de espaldas a la luz
    the hotel faces away from the sea
    el hotel da hacia el lado opuesto al mar
    she pulled the child away from the cliff edge
    apartó al niño del borde del acantilado
    6.2 (at a distance, separated from)
    lejos de
    away from his family
    lejos de su familia
    stand well away from the fire
    no te acerques al fuego
    the ideal place if you want to be/get away from it all
    el lugar ideal si te quieres alejar del mundanal ruido
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 7away with [literary] (as preposition) away with her to the tower!
    ¡llevadla a la torre!
    away with these stale old conventions!
    ¡abajo con estos convencionalismos caducos!


  • (before noun) away game o (in British English also) match
    partido (masculine) que se juega fuera (de casa)
    Example sentences
    • 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.

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