\ 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 Under normal circumstances, Soleimani's phone and other electronics would be taken away for forensic analysis. Fox News, "Pictures taken by US Special Operations forces show aftermath of strike that killed Soleimani," 12 Jan. 2020 Not only is the Voodoo V-8 more powerful, but the 5.2-liter's sky-high redline keeps it churning away after the GT has to shift. David Beard, Car and Driver, "2019 Ford Mustang GT Performance Pack Level 2 vs. 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350: Which Is the Better Track-Day Toy?," 10 Jan. 2020 Up next will be chipping away at those long-term needs that have been neglected for awhile. Interviews John Laidler,, "New decade, new leaders for six cities outside Boston," 10 Jan. 2020 Cleansing and treating your skin twice a day is the best way to keep breakouts away. Christa Joanna Lee, Teen Vogue, "How to Get Rid of Acne: 21 Skin Care Tips from Dermatologists," 9 Jan. 2020 Deal Porters Square Food Market is a stone's throw away, and open from 10am – 8pm, to dip a toe into the waters pre-rave. Leah Connolly, Billboard, "Where to Dance In: London," 9 Jan. 2020 One of the world’s strangest 3-D cinemas is tucked away in a research laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Scientists Velcroed 3-D Glasses to Cuttlefish to Study Their Depth Perception," 8 Jan. 2020 It’s hard to appreciate the right to a fair trial until that right is taken away from you. Rick Smith, WSJ, "The FTC Acts as Both Prosecutor and Jury," 6 Jan. 2020 Much of that wastewater is stored in tanks located near the well until it can be moved by pipeline or hauled away by tanker truck for recycling or disposal. Sergio Chapa, Houston Chronicle, "Lubbock company rolls out mobile app to remotely control oilfield water systems," 6 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Many of the traveling fans may have missed the goal due to more pyrotechnics in the away end at the beginning of the second half. CiarÁn Fahey, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Dost, Silva score as Frankfurt grabs 2-1 win at Union Berlin," 27 Sep. 2019 Moments after the restart, Lars Ricken struck a crucial goal for Ottmar Hitzfeld's team that levelled the aggregate score, though Inter remained ahead on away goals, having triumphed 3-1 in North Rhine-Westphalia a fortnight prior., "Inter vs Dortmund Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News," 21 Oct. 2019 Ohio State wore the away version of jersey in 2016 against the Tigers in the Fiesta Bowl — which was also a semifinal for the College Football Playoff — but suffered a 31-0 loss. Stephen Means, cleveland, "Ohio State football debuts retro jerseys for its College Football Playoff matchup with Clemson," 17 Dec. 2019 After hosting the 2016 and 2017 MLS Cups, Toronto FC are embracing the role of being the away team in a hostile environment this time around. Harjeet Johal, Pro Soccer USA, "Toronto FC undaunted by hostile MLS Cup crowd at sold-out CenturyLink Field in Seattle," 12 Nov. 2019 World Series all tied up: Rematch of aces in pivotal Game 5 In a World Series dominated by the away team, the Houston Astros took Games 3 and 4 in the nation's capital to force a 2-2 tie. Editors, USA TODAY, "Here's the biggest news you missed this weekend," 27 Oct. 2019 Outlook: Spartans technically the away team, but the game is scheduled to be played at Springport Stadium vs. Michigan Center (3-5). Joey Yashinsky And Chris Allen, Detroit Free Press, "These Michigan high school football teams are on the playoff bubble," 25 Oct. 2019 The away team has always won, and also, no team has kept the belt more than one year. Creg Stephenson |, al, "South Alabama looking for a win in ‘odd’ rivalry with Troy," 14 Oct. 2019 Giants: Home to play an away game against the Jets on Sunday., "Then the Dallas Cowboys scampered past the New York Giants.," 5 Nov. 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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14 Jan 2020

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“Away.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 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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