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English adjective: away

1. away not present; having left

SamplesHe's away right now.
You must not allow a stranger into the house when your mother is away.



2. away used of an opponent's ground

SamplesAn away game.

Domain categoryathletics, sport


3. away (of a baseball pitch) on the far side of home plate from the batter

SamplesThe pitch was away (or wide).
An outside pitch.



Domain categorybaseball, baseball game


English adverb: away

1. away from a particular thing or place or position (`forth' is obsolete)

SamplesRan away from the lion.
Wanted to get away from there.
Sent the children away to boarding school.
The teacher waved the children away from the dead animal.
Went off to school.
They drove off.
Go forth and preach.

Synonymsforth, off

Domain usagearchaicism, archaism

2. away from one's possession

SamplesHe gave out money to the poor.
Gave away the tickets.


3. away out of the way (especially away from one's thoughts)

SamplesBrush the objections aside.
Pushed all doubts away.


4. away out of existence

SamplesThe music faded away.
Tried to explain away the affair of the letter.
Idled the hours away.
Her fingernails were worn away.

5. away at a distance in space or time

SamplesThe boat was 5 miles off (or away).
The party is still 2 weeks off (or away).
Away back in the 18th century.


6. away indicating continuing action; continuously or steadily

SamplesHe worked away at the project for more than a year.
The child kept hammering away as if his life depended on it.

7. away so as to be removed or gotten rid of

SamplesCleared the mess away.
The rotted wood had to be cut away.

8. away freely or at will

SamplesFire away!.

9. away in or into a proper place (especially for storage or safekeeping)

SamplesPut the toys away.
Her jewels are locked away in a safe.
Filed the letter away.

10. away in a different direction

SamplesTurn aside.
Turn away one's face.
Glanced away.


11. away in reserve; not for immediate use

SamplesStarted setting aside money to buy a car.
Put something by for her old age.
Has a nest egg tucked away for a rainy day.

Synonymsaside, by

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