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adverb \ə-ˈwā\

Simple Definition of away

  • : from this or that place : in or to another place or direction

  • : toward another direction

  • : in a safe or secure place

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of away

  1. 1 :  on the way :  along <get away early>

  2. 2 :  from this or that place <go away>

  3. 3 a :  in a secure place or manner <locked away> b :  in another direction <look away>

  4. 4 :  out of existence :  to an end <echoes dying away>

  5. 5 :  from one's possession <gave away a fortune>

  6. 6 :  steadily onward :  uninterruptedly <clocks ticking away>

  7. 7 :  by a long distance or interval :  far <away back in 1910>

Examples of away in a sentence

  1. She hopes to get away early.

  2. The family next door moved away.

  3. We rowed away from the shore.

  4. Roll up the rug and carry it away.

  5. He pulled his arm away from the hot stove.

  6. You should keep away from the dog. It could be dangerous.

  7. She turned her face away.

  8. The will was locked away in the safe.

  9. She stowed the luggage away in the overhead compartment.

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of away

before 12th century




Simple Definition of away

  • : not at home or in a usual or expected place

  • —used to describe how distant something is in space or time

  • : played on the field or court of an opponent

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of away

  1. 1 :  absent from a place :  gone <away for the weekend>

  2. 2 :  distant in space or time <a lake 10 miles away> <the season is two months away>

  3. 3 :  played on an opponent's grounds <home and away games>

  4. 4 baseball :  out <two away in the ninth>



Examples of away in a sentence

  1. They are away for the weekend.

  2. Where is he? He's away at the moment, but he'll be back soon.

  3. when I am away from home

  4. The team played both home games and away games.

14th Century

First Known Use of away

14th century

Rhymes with away

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AWAY Defined for Kids



adverb \ə-ˈwā\

Definition of away for Students

  1. 1 :  from this or that place <Go away!>

  2. 2 :  in another place or direction <turn away>

  3. 3 :  out of existence <The echo died away.>

  4. 4 :  from one's possession <He gave away a fortune.>

  5. 5 :  without stopping or slowing down <talk away>

  6. 6 :  at or to a great distance in space or time :  far <away back in 1910>




Definition of away for Students

  1. 1 :  absent 1 <I wasn't planning to be away from home.>

  2. 2 :  distant 1 <The lake is ten kilometers away.>

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