\ə-ˈwā \

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

The server tried to walk away, but the situation turned violent. Chelsea Prince, ajc, "Applebee’s waitress was stabbed after she brushed up against diner’s leg, cops say," 13 July 2018 If the Orioles insist there is no deal without second baseman Keston Hiura, the Brewers’ No. 1 prospect, Stearns should walk away. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Haudricourt: Brewers looking to go big with Manny Machado, who is an absolutely perfect fit," 13 July 2018 For example, more than 40 hippopotamuses roam free in Colombia, stemming from a handful that wandered away from his private zoo. Steve Mirsky, Scientific American, "A Look at the Inner Lives of 13 Species of Animals You Think You Know," 13 July 2018 To keep Mr Trump away from protesters, as little of the trip as possible is taking place in London. The Economist, "Donald Trump is greeted by protests across Britain," 13 July 2018 Borjas was able to snap a photo of the woman, who began to walk away. Brittny Mejia,, "Arrest made in brutal beating of 91-year-old man," 11 July 2018 Flyaway barriers, at least 6 feet tall, must be installed no more than 5 feet from the hive opening so bees would fly upward and away from neighboring properties, roads and sidewalks. Susan Demar Lafferty, Daily Southtown, "Will County addresses growing demand for barn weddings, beekeeping and tasting rooms," 11 July 2018 Allen, for his part, says the show won’t shy away from controversial topics like gun control, especially since Mike owns a sporting-goods store. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "How ‘Last Man Standing’ Went From Hit Sitcom, to Canceled, to Revived For Its Seventh Season," 11 July 2018 Time, construction activities and the elements had taken their toll over the years, with portions of the mural almost completely being stripped away. Cassie Dickman, sacbee, "Iconic Tower Records mural in downtown is getting a little love," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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., "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,, "Zidane says pursuit of history galvanises Real Madrid," 30 Apr. 2018 More realistically, every messaging app should have an away message option. David Pierce, WSJ, "The Secret to Disconnecting? Bring Back the ‘Away’ Message," 1 July 2018 But after the away team meets the Guardian of Forever, an incorporeal lifeform tasked with guarding a time gateway, the show takes a more interesting turn. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "Harlan Ellison Turned Star Trek Into Something More. Could It Happen Again?," 29 June 2018 Should Louisville City beat Nashville SC to advance to the tournament's quarterfinals, it is guaranteed to be the away team for the next round. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "LouCity is winning at Lynn Stadium - so why didn't this happen sooner?," 18 June 2018 Tournament results: Michael John Greisman, Rick Pruim and Alberto Suarez of Team Remix won the Fins Weekend fishing tournament and a trip on the Dolphins charter plane to an away game with 80.4 pounds of fish. Steve Waters, miamiherald, "This Miami Dolphins offensive player talks fishing and football during annual tourney," 7 June 2018 In the second leg, ties are given to the team with the most away goals during both legs. Jenna West,, "How Does Champions League Extra Time Work?," 26 May 2018 Roma ralliered back from a 4-1 aggregate deficit against Barcelona in the quarterfinals, winning 3-0 at home in the second leg to go through on away goals. Jesse Yomtov, USA TODAY, "Champions League semifinals draw: Bayern Munich–Real Madrid, Liverpool-Roma," 13 Apr. 2018

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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


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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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