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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

Other Words from away


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 If teams try to take away his catch-and-shoot opportunities from beyond the 3-point arc, Grady plans to try and drive by the defender to open up his mid-range opportunities or floater. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, 23 Nov. 2021 For the Colts secondary, the equalizer this season has been their ability to take the football away. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, 21 Nov. 2021 Earlier shopping is not expected to take away from the traditional holiday shopping kickoff. Lorraine Mirabella,, 21 Nov. 2021 Don’t take too much credit away from that regroup (in the defensive zone). Phil Thompson,, 20 Nov. 2021 The strategy is to take away to two most statistically valuable shots — 3s and layups — by keeping defenders stuck on the perimeter with a rim protector under the basket. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Nov. 2021 Don’t take anything away from Benjamin Franklin and coach Dave Jefferies, though. Theo Mackie, The Arizona Republic, 18 Nov. 2021 Don't take the dramatic juror walk-ins away from us, Probst! Dalton Ross,, 18 Nov. 2021 Doing so would take away from what the players could create on their own. Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In recent years, the 49ers have stayed on the East Coast between away games, specifically to avoid the pitfalls of the early morning game. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 Nov. 2021 But what better way to kick off a stretch of four away games in five weeks than with a trip to South Florida? Baltimore Sun Staff,, 11 Nov. 2021 There, the league can see photos of Rodgers boarding the team's charter flight for away games. Mike Freeman, USA TODAY, 6 Nov. 2021 The pandemic forced teams to isolate in hotel rooms on away games and at tournaments, including at the NCAA Tournament. Norma Gonzalez, The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 Oct. 2021 The fact that three of the final seven Euro matches went to penalties augurs badly for UEFA’s decision to eliminate the away goals rule in competitions, since that could lead to more extra time/penalty kicks situations., 14 July 2021 On Tuesday, Brooklyn general manager Sean Marks announced that, after consulting with billionaire owner Joe Tsai, Irving would not be permitted to play in away games or practice with the team until he is vaccinated. Tommy Beer, Forbes, 14 Oct. 2021 Unvaccinated players also have to quarantine while traveling for away games and must follow more intense mask, social-distancing and COVID testing requirements. Vanessa Etienne,, 13 Oct. 2021 On a conference call Tuesday, Marks said Irving will be paid for away games but will lose salary for each home game missed – approximately $381,181 per game. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, 12 Oct. 2021

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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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“Away.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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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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