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

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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Other Words from away


awayness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for away

Synonyms: Adverb

down, fro, hence, off, out

Synonyms: Adjective

deep, distant, far, far-flung, far-off, faraway, remote, removed

Antonyms: Adjective

close, near, nearby, nigh

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Examples of away in a Sentence


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.


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

No one would ever dream of taking that away from you. Lane Moore, The New Yorker, "Look, Son, Maybe Men Just Aren’t Built to Play Soccer," 12 July 2019 Now the second round of democratic debates are less thanthree weeks away. Renae Reints, Fortune, "What to Expect From the Second Democratic Debate," 11 July 2019 Service: There’s almost no greater sin at a restaurant than taking away a drink that a diner isn’t finished with. Daliah Singer, The Know, "Restaurant review: At Spuntino, a meal is something to be savored and shared," 10 July 2019 However, Donald Glover and Yara Shadidi took our breath away in Gucci Fall Winter 2019- 2020. James Love, Essence, "Donald Glover and Yara Shahidi Shut It Down In Gucci At the 'Lion King' Premiere," 10 July 2019 Apple did away with the iPhone's home button in 2017. Vanessa Chang, WIRED, "How Phone Taps and Swipes Train Us to Be Better Consumers," 10 July 2019 But the warnings came before the Fourth of July weekend, so some vacationers have stayed away. Manuel Bojorquez, CBS News, "Closed Mississippi beaches due to toxic algae hurting local businesses," 9 July 2019 Please stay away and let emergency responders work. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "Wildfire burning in southern Colorado at the base of Blanca Peak," 9 July 2019 Hearing about other people's experiences with therapy, and the best advice their therapist has given them, can be encouraging, and take away some of that stigma. Alexa Lisitza, Teen Vogue, "The Best Advice from Therapists, From 50 Different People," 9 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Schalke, who endured a disappointing 2018/19 season that came dangerously close to ending in relegation, have an away trip at Borussia Monchengladbach on matchday one, immediately followed by the visit of reigning champions Bayern on matchday two., "2019/20 Bundesliga Fixtures Released: Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund & Schalke Key Dates," 28 June 2019 The Sky came into Saturday night’s matchup with the Fever having not won an away game on the season. Tyler Kraft, Indianapolis Star, "Fever come up short in team's worst offensive performance of the season," 15 June 2019 The Belgium international narrowly missed out on this summer’s tournament, after the Belgian Red Flames lost their playoff semi-final on away goals to Switzerland., "Tessa Wullaert Reflects on Debut Manchester City Season And Gives Her World Cup Predictions," 11 June 2019 Not long ago, Lebanon sophomore running back/linebacker Keith Brown considered an away game at Crescent Valley to be a big stage for showcasing his talents., "Keith Brown, Lebanon star and nation’s No. 5 LB in 2021, explains why he prefers Ducks over Beavers early," 7 June 2019 Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are finishing off a busy week with an away day. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Steps Out in Oscar de La Renta for a Day of Engagements with Prince Harry," 1 Feb. 2019 Once on the surface, the away team runs into a new face. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "'Star Trek: Discovery' Season Two Wants You to Forget About Season One," 18 Jan. 2019 If the Sounders win 2-1, the series would be tied on away goals and move to the next tiebreaker – a pair of 15-minute overtime halves. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "Sounders hope to avoid becoming latest MLS second-round playoff upset victim," 7 Nov. 2018 In 1995, parts of Ireland's Lansdowne Road were dismantled by the away section, forcing the contest to be abandoned after just 28 minutes., "FanView: Why England Fan Trouble Is Not on the Rise Again Despite Latest Incidents," 27 Mar. 2018

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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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The first known use of away was before the 12th century

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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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