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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The officials said the militants attacked the checkpoint south of el-Arish and seized an armored vehicle to make their getaway, but a warplane chased them down in the desert, killing at least five. Washington Post, "Egyptian officials: Militant attack kills 10 police in Sinai," 5 June 2019 Following their European getaway, the Irons then head across to the world to compete in the Premier League Asia Trophy in China., "West Ham Pre-Season 2019: Where to Watch the Hammers Play This Summer," 5 June 2019 The officials say the militants attacked the checkpoint, seized an armored vehicle to make their getaway but a warplane chased them in the desert, killing at least five. Ashraf Sweilam, Fox News, "Egyptian officials: Militant attack kills 10 police in Sinai," 5 June 2019 Make extra money with Airbnb (maybe) Many people envision using rental income to pay for their country getaway. Jeff Layton, The Seattle Times, "Your PNW vacation home: A drop-in or permanent pad?," 29 Mar. 2019 Here are some general rules to keep in mind to get the best deals on your getaways. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Here's the Best Time to Book Your Summer Travel," 27 Feb. 2019 Pick a pair below to pack with you for your next getaway. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "7 Shoe Trends of 2019 You're Going to Want to Pay Attention To," 7 Jan. 2019 With styles named after destinations like Lagos, Nairobi, and Havana, each SVNR earring is inspired by a city around the world—from the designer's own personal travels to her bucket list getaways. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Jewelry Brand Is Cutting Back on Waste with Affordable, Handmade Earrings," 13 Dec. 2018 Shortly after Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin got engaged in the Bahamas, the couple continued their romantic getaway with a morning boat ride. Alessandra Rincón, Billboard, "Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber Celebrate Engagement With Romantic Boat Ride: See Pics," 11 July 2018

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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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