\ 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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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 But Johnson conceded last month that the inquiry would have political implications for the election less than two months away. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Senate Democrats release rebuttal report to GOP's findings from Biden-Ukraine investigation," 23 Sep. 2020 Training camp is at least a couple months away still. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers back at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse for first time since March, looking to capitalize on voluntary team workouts," 23 Sep. 2020 Now, of course, the Presidential election is less than two months away, and McConnell has nevertheless vowed to jam through Trump’s nominee. Françoise Mouly, The New Yorker, "Bob Staake’s “Icons”," 23 Sep. 2020 At the time, Republicans justified that tactic by claiming the American people should be given the opportunity to weigh in on the nomination by voting in the presidential election -- which was then eight months away. Bryn Stole | Staff Writer,, "Sen. John Kennedy signals support for moving forward with Trump nomination for Supreme Court," 23 Sep. 2020 With the regular season more than three months away, the Warriors are happy to have most of the group together, even if Curry and Green can’t come. Connor Letourneau,, "Warriors minicamp: What Golden State can accomplish in next two weeks," 22 Sep. 2020 On the day that op-ed was published, the election was more than eight months away. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, "The Naive Futility of Calling Out Mitch McConnell’s Hypocrisy," 22 Sep. 2020 With the general election under two months away, Indiana is looking for poll workers. Lawrence Andrea, The Indianapolis Star, "How to volunteer as a poll worker in Indiana," 22 Sep. 2020 McConnell stunned the political world in 2016 with his declaration that the Senate would not consider a replacement for Scalia until after the presidential election nearly nine months away. Matthew Daly,, "No, YOU’RE a hypocrite! Republicans, Democrats can now try to offer explanations for unvarnished reversal of past Supreme Court positions.," 22 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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The first known use of away was before the 12th century

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26 Sep 2020

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“Away.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 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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