\ 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

For the most part, major retailers like Walmart and Target seem to be staying away from the backpacks. Washington Post, "Mass shootings give rise to bullet-resistant backpacks," 10 Aug. 2019 Stay away from teething tablets that contain the plant poison belladonna and gels with benzocaine. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "When Do Babies Start Teething? The Facts Every Parent Should Know," 9 Aug. 2019 Local police have increasingly come under pressure from rebels fighting against Indian rule since 1989, who have warned them to stay away from India’s counterinsurgency operations. Aijaz Hussain,, "A pre-dawn food run then a rush home: Kashmir under curfew," 9 Aug. 2019 Camou had been ordered by the court to stay away from her and wear an electronic monitoring device. Los Angeles Times, "Police issue public plea for help finding missing Monrovia woman," 8 Aug. 2019 People can prevent infection of the disease by staying away from areas inhabited by prairie dogs and other wild rodents, the news release said. Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post, "Open space near DIA closed due to proximity to plague-infested prairie dogs," 8 Aug. 2019 The judge also issued an order that Crocker stay at least 100 yards away from the victim, her home and school. Pauline Repard, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Man charged with child molesting pleads not guilty," 8 Aug. 2019 But the President has stayed away from discussing the impact of his own divisive words on the political climate. Rosa Flores, CNN, "The El Paso shooting is exactly what descendants of a 1915 massacre at the US-Mexico border had warned about," 8 Aug. 2019 The park service recommends that visitors stay at least 25 yards away from wild animals like bison and elk, and 100 yards from bears and other carnivores, at all times. Ali Wunderman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why People Keep Trying to Pet Animals at National Parks," 7 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The team was supposed to wear white jerseys as the away team at the Pan American Games, however, the Argentines sported blue on the court in Lima, Peru. Georgia Slater,, "Argentina Basketball Team Forced to Forfeit Pan American Games Match-Up — Because of Wrong Uniforms," 9 Aug. 2019 However far away September 2 seems right now, some brands are already rolling out pre-sales and information about their plans for an end-of-summer blow out. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Early Labor Day deals from Amazon, Walmart, and more," 8 Aug. 2019 The champions begin their Premier League campaign next Saturday with an away game at the London Stadium home of West Ham United., "Riyad Mahrez Left Out Community Shield Squad Due to Fears Over Medicine Used by Algerian Doctors," 5 Aug. 2019 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

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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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