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away

[uh-wey]
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adverb
  1. from this or that place; off: to go away.
  2. aside; to another place; in another direction: to turn your eyes away; to turn away customers
  3. far; apart: away back; away from the subject.
  4. out of one's possession or use: to give money away.
  5. out of existence or notice; into extinction: to fade away; to idle away the morning.
  6. incessantly or relentlessly; repeatedly: He kept hammering away.
  7. without hesitation: Fire away.
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adjective
  1. absent; gone: to be away from home.
  2. distant: six miles away.
  3. immediately off and on the way: The order was given and he was away.
  4. Sports. played in a ball park, arena, or the like, other than the one that is or is assumed to be the center of operations of a team: winners in their last three away games.Compare home(def 15).
  5. Baseball. having been put out: with two away in the top of the seventh.
  6. Golf.
    1. (of a golf ball) lying farthest from the hole.
    2. (of a golfer) having hit such a ball and being required to play first.
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Verb Phrases
  1. do away with,
    1. to get rid of; abolish; stop.
    2. to kill: Bluebeard did away with all his wives.
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Idioms
  1. away with,
    1. take away: Away with him!
    2. go away! leave!: Away with you!
  2. where away? (of something sighted from a ship) in which direction? where?
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Origin of away

before 950; Middle English; Old English aweg, reduction of on weg. See on, a-1, way1
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Related Words

absentoffelsewhereoverasidedistantabroadforthafarapartbeyondhenceforeverincessantlyinterminablyrepeatedlyrelentlesslytirelesslyunremittingly

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Historical Examples

  • Tibble saw that he was like one in another world, and gently led him away.

    The Armourer's Prentices

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • So Uncle Peter had to lick her father and two brothers before he could get her away.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • He would not look at it, and when I threw it close to him he dashed it away as if it was poison.

  • Tilly was to have gone also at that time, but had found it impossible to get away.

  • We found that about a dozen natives had been to the springs while we were away.


British Dictionary definitions for away

away

adverb
  1. from a particular place; offto swim away
  2. in or to another, usual, or proper placeto put toys away
  3. apart; at a distanceto keep away from strangers
  4. out of existencethe music faded away
  5. indicating motion, displacement, transfer, etc, from a normal or proper place, from a person's own possession, etcto turn one's head away; to give away money
  6. indicating activity that is wasteful or designed to get rid of somethingto sleep away the hours
  7. continuouslylaughing away; fire away
  8. away with a command for a person to go or be removedaway with you; away with him to prison!
  9. far and away by a very great marginfar and away the biggest meal he'd ever eaten
  10. from away Canadian from a part of Canada other than Newfoundland
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adjective (usually postpositive)
  1. not presentaway from school
  2. distanthe is a good way away
  3. having started; releasedhe was away before sunrise; bombs away!
  4. (also prenominal) sport played on an opponent's groundan away game
  5. golf (of a ball or player) farthest from the hole
  6. baseball (of a player) having been put out
  7. horse racing relating to the outward portion or first half of a race
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noun
  1. sport a game played or won at an opponent's ground
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interjection
  1. an expression of dismissal
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Word Origin

Old English on weg on way
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for away

adv.

late Old English aweg, earlier on weg "on from this (that) place;" see a- (1) + way. Colloquial use for "without delay" (fire away, also right away) is from earlier sense of "onward in time" (16c.). Intensive use (e.g. away back) is American English, first attested 1818.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with away

away

see back away; bang away; blow away; break away; by far (and away); carry away; cart off (away); cast away; clear out (away); die away; do away with; draw away; eat away; explain away; fade out (away); fall away; fire away; fool away; fritter away; get away; get away with; give away; go away; hammer away; lay aside (away); make away with; out and away; pass away; peg away at; piss away; plug away at; pull away; put away; right away; run away; run away with; salt away; send away; shy away from; slink away; slip out (away); sock away; spirit away; square away; squirrel away; stow away; take away from; take one's breath away; tear away; throw away; tuck away; turn away; walk away from; walk off (away) with; waste away; wear off (away); whale away; when the cat's away; while away.

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