\ 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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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

Researchers have discovered that a planet orbiting a star about 50 light years away from Earth has no atmosphere, raising questions about whether similar planets, which some have wondered might be harboring life, are simply barren rocks. Alyssa Lukpat,, "Researchers checked an exoplanet 50 light years away for an atmosphere. Turns out it was just a big rock," 6 Sep. 2019 Another camera caught the pickup parked 100 feet away from where Jennifer's 2017 Chevrolet was found later that day, abandoned and with apparent blood stains. NBC News, "Fotis Dulos was 'lying in wait' at wife's home on day she vanished, police say," 6 Sep. 2019 The number of public housing units has been in decline nationwide since the 1970s, when the government began to shift away from public ownership of low-income housing. oregonlive, "Rep. Earl Blumenauer outlines plan to boost federal housing spending, reform mortgage interest deduction," 6 Sep. 2019 Saints New Orleans was one blown pass interference call away from making the Super Bowl, but endured offseason defections of running back Mark Ingram (Ravens) and defensive end Alex Okafor (Patriots). Kyle Fredrickson, The Denver Post, "NFC preview: Will new coaching staff propel Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay back to title chase?," 5 Sep. 2019 Goodwin admitted that no one at Clipper had thought to consider the Tiny Tickets program, or whether or not it could be continued after the shift away from paper tickets. Caille Millner,, "No more BART paper, so no more charity?," 5 Sep. 2019 After resisting, he was arrested a couple of yards away from the McDonald’s. al, "Man attempted to rape woman in her car at McDonald’s, Mobile police say," 5 Sep. 2019 Not one candidate shied away from saying the transition to a green economy would be expensive for both the government and businesses. Mythili Sampathkumar, Fortune, "5 Takeaways From the CNN Climate Town Hall," 5 Sep. 2019 But when college sports became big business, the major sports schools proved to be relentless in recruiting players away from HBCUs. Jemele Hill, The Atlantic, "It’s Time for Black Athletes to Leave White Colleges," 5 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The last time that Arsenal played an away game on the opening matchday of a league season was against Newcastle in 2011/12., "Premier League Team News: Newcastle vs Arsenal - Confirmed Lineups," 11 Aug. 2019 The team was supposed to wear white jerseys as the away team at the Pan American Games, however, the Argentines sported blue on the court in Lima, Peru. Georgia Slater,, "Argentina Basketball Team Forced to Forfeit Pan American Games Match-Up — Because of Wrong Uniforms," 9 Aug. 2019 However far away September 2 seems right now, some brands are already rolling out pre-sales and information about their plans for an end-of-summer blow out. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Early Labor Day deals from Amazon, Walmart, and more," 8 Aug. 2019 The champions begin their Premier League campaign next Saturday with an away game at the London Stadium home of West Ham United., "Riyad Mahrez Left Out Community Shield Squad Due to Fears Over Medicine Used by Algerian Doctors," 5 Aug. 2019 Schalke, who endured a disappointing 2018/19 season that came dangerously close to ending in relegation, have an away trip at Borussia Monchengladbach on matchday one, immediately followed by the visit of reigning champions Bayern on matchday two., "2019/20 Bundesliga Fixtures Released: Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund & Schalke Key Dates," 28 June 2019 The Sky came into Saturday night’s matchup with the Fever having not won an away game on the season. Tyler Kraft, Indianapolis Star, "Fever come up short in team's worst offensive performance of the season," 15 June 2019 The Belgium international narrowly missed out on this summer’s tournament, after the Belgian Red Flames lost their playoff semi-final on away goals to Switzerland., "Tessa Wullaert Reflects on Debut Manchester City Season And Gives Her World Cup Predictions," 11 June 2019 Not long ago, Lebanon sophomore running back/linebacker Keith Brown considered an away game at Crescent Valley to be a big stage for showcasing his talents., "Keith Brown, Lebanon star and nation’s No. 5 LB in 2021, explains why he prefers Ducks over Beavers early," 7 June 2019

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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


\ 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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