\ə-ˈwā \

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

All three phones will also feature something the many feared was going away: Olixar has a hole cut out on the bottom of its cases for a 3.5mm headphone jack. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Samsung Galaxy S10 renders show hole-punch camera, headphone jack, and no fingerprint sensor," 13 Dec. 2018 The bat gives Raptor more reach, letting him hit the ball from further away. Michael Moore, The Verge, "Lethal League Blaze turns handball into a stylish fighting game," 9 Dec. 2018 That was one major reason the Soviet Union signed the treaty in 1987: Russia has much more to lose if the INF Treaty goes away. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Why the U.S. Is Quitting a Key Nuclear Weapons Treaty," 5 Dec. 2018 Holding the can about 4-6 inches away, spray your roots and then partially through the length of the hair to blend in the color. Redbook, "How to Look Like You Just Left the Salon," 27 Nov. 2018 Based on indications that Apep is a bit under 8,000 light years away, measurements indicate the dust is moving at about 570 kilometers a second. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Scientists spot two massive stars creating a pinwheel of dust," 20 Nov. 2018 And four feet away, in department store heels Is his colleague, Sarah. Halsey, Glamour, "Halsey Has a Poem With a Powerful Message for All Women: 'Be Inconvenient'," 11 Nov. 2018 The holidays are less than two months away, and if Scruff-a-Luvs and Pomsies are any indication, the competition for the hottest toy of 2018 is fierce. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "Shimmeez Plushies Have Everything Your Kid Is Looking for in a Toy," 26 Oct. 2018 Vast trade networks linked the foragers with regions perhaps as far away as Greece, as indicated by exotic items found at Iron Gates: seashell beads from the Black Sea and tools made of volcanic obsidian mined from an island in the Aegean Sea. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "When Farmers and Foragers First Met," 24 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

In a faded zip-up Aviator Nation sweatshirt borrowed from boyfriend John Mayer and leopard-print sweatpants, Perry looks more like a track athlete at an away game than pop's reigning Teen Dream Pop Queen. Claire Hoffman, Marie Claire, "Katy Conquers All," 9 Dec. 2013 What Sir Alex Ferguson, his players and those in the away end at the Stadium of Light were not prepared for, however, was what Sergio Aguero was about to do., "6 Teams That Had Victory Snatched From Them at the Death," 18 June 2018 Real is at home on Tuesday and leads 2-1 after the away leg. Chicago Tribune,, "Zidane says pursuit of history galvanises Real Madrid," 30 Apr. 2018 More realistically, every messaging app should have an away message option. David Pierce, WSJ, "The Secret to Disconnecting? Bring Back the ‘Away’ Message," 1 July 2018 But after the away team meets the Guardian of Forever, an incorporeal lifeform tasked with guarding a time gateway, the show takes a more interesting turn. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "Harlan Ellison Turned Star Trek Into Something More. Could It Happen Again?," 29 June 2018 Should Louisville City beat Nashville SC to advance to the tournament's quarterfinals, it is guaranteed to be the away team for the next round. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "LouCity is winning at Lynn Stadium - so why didn't this happen sooner?," 18 June 2018 Tournament results: Michael John Greisman, Rick Pruim and Alberto Suarez of Team Remix won the Fins Weekend fishing tournament and a trip on the Dolphins charter plane to an away game with 80.4 pounds of fish. Steve Waters, miamiherald, "This Miami Dolphins offensive player talks fishing and football during annual tourney," 7 June 2018 In the second leg, ties are given to the team with the most away goals during both legs. Jenna West,, "How Does Champions League Extra Time Work?," 26 May 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


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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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