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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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The Avs were dominant in every facet of the game to move two victories away from their first title since 2001 and the first by this core led by Nathan MacKinnon. Stephen Whyno, Chicago Tribune, 19 June 2022 Some of the men who had been involved in the plot decided to stay away, and constables and soldiers interrupted those who came. William Anthony Hay, WSJ, 17 June 2022 In a trailer, Gibson recalls being told to stay away from his St. Louis Cardinals teammates. Alexandra Schonfeld,, 16 June 2022 Miller, who allegedly met the family while working on media projects involving the LandBack Reclamation Movement, is also ordered to stay 100 yards away from the family’s residence during that time. Los Angeles Times, 16 June 2022 If the water is too low, or the fish are somehow lacking, the birds stay away. Richard Mertens, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 June 2022 Under the protective order, Simpson had to surrender his firearms for three months and stay away from the victim, among other requirements, court records show. Lea Skene, Baltimore Sun, 15 June 2022 Sensitive skin: Those with sensitive skin should try soothing ingredients like colloidal oatmeal, vitamin E, or aloe vera, and stay away from harsher options. Nikhita Mahtani, SELF, 14 June 2022 Miller is also ordered to stay 100 yards away from the family’s residence during that time. al, 13 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The sum of 20,000 pounds to travel to an away game would be too small for some matches, especially those abroad in the Champions League, the person said. David Hellier,, 11 Mar. 2022 San Antonio midfielder Victor Giro redirected a cross on goal from eight yards out, seemingly getting the away side back into the match. Theo Mackie, The Arizona Republic, 8 May 2022 Lynn Family Stadium’s video board will air Louisville City FC’s away game at the Charleston Battery (5 p.m.) and a countdown to the fireworks with live music from Radiotronic (8 p.m.). Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, 18 Apr. 2022 Turn down distractions by temporarily ghosting your email and turning off notifications (if your role allows) and setting an away message on your team’s IM channel. Shani Harmon, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 Arkansas boasts the league’s longest active consecutive series win streak (13) as well as the SEC’s second-longest consecutive away series win streak (6). Arkansas Online, 8 Apr. 2022 Infused with fruit, plant, and flower extracts, the formulation is suitable for all skin types and will soothe away irritation and razor rash. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 Mar. 2022 The Newcastle fans were unmoved and still waving Saudi flags in the away end in west London. San Francisco Chronicle, 13 Mar. 2022 Anyone with tickets until the end of the season in May can keep on going to matches but no new tickets can be purchased, which impacts the ability of any away fans to go to Stamford Bridge. Rob Harris, Chron, 10 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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23 Jun 2022

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\ 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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