get·​away | \ ˈge-tə-ˌwā How to pronounce getaway (audio) \

Definition of getaway

1 : an act or instance of getting away: such as
a : escape
b : start
2 : a place suitable for a vacation
3 : a vacation especially of brief duration

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Synonyms for getaway


break, breakout, bunk [British], escape, flight, lam, rout, slip

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Examples of getaway in a Sentence

We're planning a weekend getaway to the mountains. The resort advertises itself as the perfect island getaway.

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Now a photographer for a local newspaper on the island getaway is claiming he was mistreated by actor Bill Murray. James Freeman, WSJ, "Hollywood vs. the Press," 10 Aug. 2018 Bike, run, surf, climb, paddle, hike—and do it all on a getaway where someone else organizes it for you Summer is the season for multisporting. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, "6 Epic Multisport Trips," 14 June 2018 The two get deeper in conversation as Simone packs for a quick getaway to Cape Cod to clear out her family home and prepare it for sale., "Sweetbitter Episode 4: Champagne With Simone," 28 May 2018 Much fitfully amusing, carefully choreographed insanity ensues when Quixote mistakes Toby for Sancho and drags him along on a manic getaway. Justin Chang,, "Terry Gilliam gets his long-overdue moment with ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’ at Cannes," 20 May 2018 Looking to actually go on a beach getaway and need a few things? Diana Tsui, The Cut, "The Outnet’s Winter Sale Has Crazy Good Designer Discounts," 2 Mar. 2018 Donate today and enter for a chance to win a getaway to Florida's Omni Amelia Island Plantation at Jay Odell For The Nature Conservancy, Country Living, "Why It's So Important to Buy and Eat Sustainable Seafood," 15 June 2017 August 2017 The pair jets off to Africa for a romantic and reclusive getaway. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Love Story: A Timeline," 22 Mar. 2019 Afterwards, the couple continued to use the home as a getaway. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon's Country Home Is Now on the Market," 11 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of getaway

1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of getaway was in 1849

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English Language Learners Definition of getaway

: the act of getting away or escaping
: a short vacation
: a place where people go for a short vacation


get·​away | \ ˈge-tə-ˌwā How to pronounce getaway (audio) \

Kids Definition of getaway

1 : escape entry 2 sense 1 We made our getaway under cover of darkness.
2 : a place suitable for vacation a tropical getaway
3 : a usually short vacation

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