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Definition of away

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : on the way : along get away early
2 : from this or that place go away
3a : in a secure place or manner locked away
b : in another direction look away
4 : out of existence : to an end echoes dying away
5 : from one's possession gave away a fortune
6 : steadily onward : uninterruptedly clocks ticking away
7 : by a long distance or interval : far away back in 1910
8 baseball : at or near the side of home plate opposite that at which the batter stands The pitch broke down and away.
9 sports : on the field or court of an opponent … failed to win a single series, at home or away, against any of the six other teams in their division …— Roger Angell

Definition of away (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : absent from a place : gone away for the weekend
2 : distant in space or time a lake 10 miles away the season is two months away
3 : played on an opponent's grounds home and away games
4 baseball
a : out two away in the ninth
b : aimed at or near the side of home plate opposite that at which the batter stands Instead of chasing bad pitches, especially breaking balls down and away, he has been laying off them.— Tim Kurkjian

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awayness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for away

Synonyms: Adverb

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of away in a Sentence

Adverb She hopes to get away early. The family next door moved away. We rowed away from the shore. Roll up the rug and carry it away. He pulled his arm away from the hot stove. You should keep away from the dog. It could be dangerous. She turned her face away. The will was locked away in the safe. She stowed the luggage away in the overhead compartment. Adjective They are away for the weekend. “Where is he?” “He's away at the moment, but he'll be back soon.” when I am away from home The team played both home games and away games.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Even though Mariemont had fewer yards and more turnovers than Indian Hill in the first half, the Warriors were 20 seconds away from going into halftime tied with the Braves. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, "Indian Hill's DiGennaro breaks out in Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown vs. Mariemont," 12 Sep. 2020 The blue-chip average is 5.5% away from its all-time high. Jessica Menton, USA TODAY, "Is the stock market headed for another crash? Not likely but more volatility could be ahead, experts say," 11 Sep. 2020 By then, the fire was less than two miles away from Estacada. oregonlive, "Oregon wildfires: Clackamas, Marion county blazes remain separate; evacuation orders persist (live updates)," 11 Sep. 2020 Isabelle Papadimitriou was one year away from retiring after having worked for nearly 30 years as a respiratory therapist when the coronavirus pandemic started killing people in her home state, Texas. Nicole Acevedo, NBC News, "A Texas respiratory therapist died of COVID-19. Her daughter is turning grief into action.," 11 Sep. 2020 The air exchange rate and use of HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filters on planes also significantly reduce the risk of catching the virus from travelers who are several rows away, according to the story. Robin Lloyd, Scientific American, "Coronavirus News Roundup, September 5-September 11," 11 Sep. 2020 Lovato has never been one to shy away from discussing her own struggles with mental health and has always been an outspoken supporter for those dealing with the same issues. Benjamin Vanhoose,, "Demi Lovato Reminds Fans to 'Check in with Yourself' Sharing New Marshmello Song 'OK Not to Be OK'," 10 Sep. 2020 The presidential election is less than eight weeks away and all eyes are on battleground states like Pennsylvania. Katie Byrne, Fox News, "Election officials in Pennsylvania prepare for surge in mail-in ballots," 10 Sep. 2020 When Mitchell spoke to Williams in June, his business was just months away from a tough decision about whether to close permanently. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Trump again plays defense on COVID-19 response," 10 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In Spain, the rate dipped slightly, but not below the away-win rate. Jonas Shaffer,, "‘Ghost games,’ hot hands and canned noise: Imagining a Ravens season without fans," 9 Sep. 2020 In a snapshot of current times, the A’s played the first game of a doubleheader Tuesday against the Astros as the away team wearing their home white uniforms at their own stadium while ash from California wildfires sprinkled from the sky. Matt Kawahara,, "A’s win 4-2 over Astros, Khris Davis homers in first game of doubleheader," 8 Sep. 2020 Gurka said bands normally don’t travel for away games. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "All 80 North Royalton High School band members quarantined after one reports COVID-19 symptoms," 1 Sep. 2020 The Lions will play three home matches and three away matches against their regional opponents — Atlanta United, Inter Miami and Nashville SC — during a three-week stretch. Julia Poe,, "3 things we learned from Orlando City’s 3-2 loss to Inter Miami," 23 Aug. 2020 His Hogs, who had previously scheduled Tennessee at home and Missouri on the road, added a home game with Georgia and an away game at Florida. Mark Heim |, al, "Arkansas AD takes swipe at SEC schedule; Missouri butt of jokes as coaches, ADs, Finebaum react," 7 Aug. 2020 The Serie A champion faced an uphill task from the very start with its opponents Lyon winning the first-leg 1-0 and, despite winning 2-1 on the night, Juventus lost on away goals. Ben Church, CNN, "Cristiano Ronaldo's brace can't save Juventus as the Champions League returns in style," 7 Aug. 2020 If two players competing against one another choose the same teams, the away team will awarded the first choice. Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post, "Nuggets’ Michael Porter Jr. to compete in NBA 2K Players Tournament," 1 Apr. 2020 Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal -- the last four winners of football's oldest cup competition -- advanced to the penultimate round with away victories this weekend in England. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "FA Cup: Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal reach semifinals," 28 June 2020

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First Known Use of away


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 Sep 2020

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“Away.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of away

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: from this or that place : in or to another place or direction
: toward another direction
: in a safe or secure place

English Language Learners Definition of away (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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


\ ə-ˈwā How to pronounce away (audio) \

Kids Definition of away

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : from this or that place Go away!
2 : in another place or direction turn away
3 : out of existence The echo died away.
4 : from one's possession He gave away a fortune.
5 : without stopping or slowing down talk away
6 : at or to a great distance in space or time : far away back in 1910

Kids Definition of away (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : absent sense 1 I wasn't planning to be away from home.
2 : distant sense 1 The lake is ten kilometers away.

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