away

adverb
\ 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

away

adjective

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

Adjective

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

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

Whenever the Met Gala comes around, red carpet beauty veers away from the standard sultry smoky eyes and sleek updos and instead toward fun, out-of-the-box looks. Allure, "Met Gala 2019: The Coolest Makeup and Hair Looks of the Night," 6 May 2019 In 2000, the Papinchaks moved to a home a half-mile away from the Berndtson buildings. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "A Frank Lloyd Wright resort in Pennsylvania adds a new home," 3 May 2019 Another way is to keep raw meats, chicken, and seafood away from the other foods in your fridge and while preparing them. Sophia Caraballo, Woman's Day, "Everything You Need to Know About Salmonella," 2 May 2019 Mominatu, @mominatu View this post on Instagram A post shared by Mominatu Boog (@mominatu) on Jun 30, 2018 at 5:45am PDT Model and content creator Mominatu always blows me away with her beauty and wanderlust. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "20 Inspiring Beauty Instagram Accounts Led by Women of Color," 29 Apr. 2019 This speaks to a larger history of kitchens: Up until the 20th century, of course, the kitchen in wealthier (and, often, even middle class) households was always hidden away. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Kim Kardashian West's House Has Two Kitchens, and Apparently, It's a Trend," 11 Apr. 2019 Kathleen Doyle scored 15 points for the Hawkeyes (28-6), who held the Tigers to 36 percent shooting and blew them away with a blistering 23-4 run in the second half. Luke Meredith, The Seattle Times, "Gustafson, Iowa blow past Missouri 68-52," 24 Mar. 2019 HoloLens has thrived because Microsoft hasn’t tried to blow consumers away with flashy apps, said Noah Eckhouse, who heads product delivery at Bentley Systems Inc., an Exton, Pa., maker of construction-industry software. Jay Greene, WSJ, "Microsoft’s Hype Strategy for HoloLens Is to Avoid It," 24 Feb. 2019 If there’s a poverty rate of 20% or greater, and at least 500 persons and/or 33% of the population lives more than a mile away from a supermarket or large grocery store, it’s considered a food desert. Jessica Booth, Redbook, "Everything You Need To Know About Food Deserts," 29 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 Once on the surface, the away team runs into a new face. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "'Star Trek: Discovery' Season Two Wants You to Forget About Season One," 18 Jan. 2019 If the Sounders win 2-1, the series would be tied on away goals and move to the next tiebreaker – a pair of 15-minute overtime halves. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "Sounders hope to avoid becoming latest MLS second-round playoff upset victim," 7 Nov. 2018 In 1995, parts of Ireland's Lansdowne Road were dismantled by the away section, forcing the contest to be abandoned after just 28 minutes. SI.com, "FanView: Why England Fan Trouble Is Not on the Rise Again Despite Latest Incidents," 27 Mar. 2018 Džeko's contribution was especially vital, as his late goal at the Nou Camp, which on the night looked like little more than a consolation, turned out to be crucial in Roma's away goals victory over Barcelona. SI.com, "Liverpool Star Mohamed Salah Urged by Roma Striker to 'Rest a Bit' in UCL Semi Final," 21 Apr. 2018 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. SI.com, "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, chicagotribune.com, "Zidane says pursuit of history galvanises Real Madrid," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of away

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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More Definitions for away

away

adverb

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

away

adjective

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

away

adverb
\ 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

away

adjective

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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