\ 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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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 The city of San Antonio sent an emergency alert to cellphones in the area Friday night, urging people to avoid unnecessary outings and stay away from social gatherings. Peggy O’hare,, "San Antonio, Bexar County report 936 new coronavirus cases, seven more deaths," 20 Nov. 2020 Those who are higher risk should certainly stay away from settings that increase their likelihood of contracting coronavirus. Katia Hetter, CNN, "Should you visit your family for the holidays? Here's Dr. Leana Wen's answer," 20 Nov. 2020 This projection night light comes in 13 different colors, and has a dimmer night light mode as well as projection mode which displays a moving display of stars from up to 15 feet away, and over 250 feet of surface. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "25 Fun Toy Gifts for Curious Kids," 19 Nov. 2020 While public health leaders are urging Californians to stay away from public gatherings, some of the state’s political leaders are having a hard time following their own government’s guidance. Amina Khan Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus Today: Where did California go wrong?," 18 Nov. 2020 Troops have been ordered to stay away from social gatherings off base. Dave Philipps,, "New virus, old enemy," 17 Nov. 2020 The rest of the team was told to stay away from the facility. Dennis Young,, "Giants kicker Graham Gano tests positive for COVID-19," 17 Nov. 2020 In the opening pages of Listening to the Wind, Robinson imagines the sound of a storm approaching from far away in a low-pressure zone across the Atlantic. Colin Thubron, The New York Review of Books, "Cartographers of Stone and Air," 17 Nov. 2020 Troops have been ordered to stay away from social gatherings off base. Dave Philipps, New York Times, "New Virus, Old Enemy," 16 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective But eight months after Smith’s slaying, while the Saints were playing an away game on a Sunday night, most jurors voted to convict him. Matt Sledge,, "Cardell Hayes case will add to stack of decisions facing next New Orleans DA," 20 Nov. 2020 Liverpool's winner in December 2015 was scored by Christian Benteke, who then returned as part of the opposition to score both of Crystal Palace's goals in a 2-1 away win on April 23, 2017. Glen Levy And Amanda Davies, CNN, "English Premier League winner Christian Fuchs on Leicester City attempting Mission: Impossible 2," 20 Nov. 2020 The Hurricanes, who open their season Nov. 29 at Watsco Center against North Florida, will fly charter for every away game. David Furones,, "UM basketball team prepares for unique season under COVID protocols," 19 Nov. 2020 North schedule with an away game against Norfolk State on Jan. 2, before hosting three consecutive home games against Howard (Jan. 9), Delaware State (Jan. 11) and Norfolk State (Jan. 18). Kyle J. Andrews,, "Coppin State women’s basketball team announces nonconference schedule," 18 Nov. 2020 But choosing to make the trip in your own vehicle could mean taking even more time to drive to a far away destination, and more foregone wages. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "The enormous privilege of choosing to travel during a pandemic," 13 Nov. 2020 Kevin Ramirez visited the stadium on Sunday, though the team was playing an away game. Giulia Mcdonnell Nieto Del Rio,, "Game day in Green Bay: Empty sports bars, full hospitals," 26 Oct. 2020 Undefeated Jewell Sumner stands as the most immediate hurdle with an away game Friday in Kentwood. Chris Dabe,, "‘Parallels are eerie’: Hannan football players show coach what could have been," 4 Nov. 2020 The Frogs lone win was an away game in Austin against the Longhorns. Katherine Griffith, Dallas News, "5 things TCU fans should know about Baylor: Patterson has a challenger for best defensive coach in the Big 12," 28 Oct. 2020

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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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25 Nov 2020

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“Away.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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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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