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Meaning of away by Wiktionary Dictionary



    Old English onweġ .


    • enPR: əwā', IPA: /əˈweɪ/, X-SAMPA: /@"weI/
    • Rhymes: -eɪ
    • Hyphenation: a‧way


    away ( comparative further away, superlative furthest away )

    1. From a place, hence .
      He went away on vacation .
    2. Aside; off; in another direction .
    3. From a state or condition of being; out of existence .
    4. ( as imperative, by ellipsis ) Come away; go away; take away.
      • 1933+, Fran Striker, The Lone Ranger, WXYZ-AM
        Hi-yo Silver, away!
    5. On; in continuance; without intermission or delay; as, sing away .
    6. Without restraint .
      You've got questions? Ask away!
    7. At a distance in time or space
      Christmas is only two weeks away .


    • ( away from a place ): at bay, off


    away ( comparative further away, superlative furthest away )

    1. Not here, gone, absent, unavailable, traveling; on vacation .
      The master is away from home .
      Would you pick up my mail while I'm away .
    2. ( following the noun modified ) At a specified distance in space, time, or figuratively .
      He's miles away by now .
      Spring is still a month away .
    3. ( chiefly sports ) Not on one's home territory .
      Next, they are playing away in Dallas .
    4. ( baseball, following the noun modified ) Out .
      Two men away in the bottom of the ninth .


    • frequency based on Project Gutenberg corpus">Most common English words before 1923: while · again · also · #146: away · against · though · get

Explanation of away by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. from a particular thing or place or position

    2. ran 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
    3. from one's possession

    4. gave away the tickets
    5. in reserve

    6. has a nest egg tucked away for a rainy day
    7. out of the way ( especially away from one's thoughts )

    8. pushed all doubts away
    9. out of existence

    10. the music faded away
      tried to explain away the affair of the letter- H.E.Scudder
      idled the hours away
      her fingernails were worn away
    11. indicating continuing action

    12. he worked away at the project for more than a year
      the child kept hammering away as if his life depended on it
    13. in a different direction

    14. turn away one's face
      glanced away
    15. in or into a proper place ( especially for storage or safekeeping )

    16. put the toys away
      her jewels are locked away in a safe
      filed the letter away
    17. at a distance in space or time

    18. the boat was 5 miles off ( or away )
      the party is still 2 weeks off ( or away )
      away back in the 18th century
    19. so as to be removed or gotten rid of

    20. cleared the mess away
      the rotted wood had to be cut away
    21. freely or at will

    22. fire away!
    1. ( of a baseball pitch ) on the far side of home plate from the batter

    2. the pitch was away ( or wide )
    3. used of an opponent's ground

    4. an away game
    5. not present

    6. he's away right now
      you must not allow a stranger into the house when your mother is away

    Definition of away by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Away adv. [AS. aweg, anweg, onweg; on on + weg way.]
      1. From a place; hence.

      The sound is going away. Shak.

      Have me away, for I am sore wounded. 2 Chron. xxxv. 23.

      2. Absent; gone; at a distance; as, “the master is away from home”.

      3. Aside; off; in another direction.

      The axis of rotation is inclined away from the sun. Lockyer.

      4. From a state or condition of being; out of existence.

      Be near me when I fade away. Tennyson.

      5. By ellipsis of the verb, equivalent to an imperative: Go or come away; begone; take away.

      And the Lord said . . . Away, get thee down. Exod. xix. 24.

      6. On; in continuance; without intermission or delay; as, “sing away”. [Colloq.]

      ☞ It is much used in phrases signifying moving or going from; as, go away, run away, etc.; all signifying departure, or separation to a distance. Sometimes without the verb; as, whither away so fast ? “Love hath wings, and will away.” Waller. It serves to modify the sense of certain verbs by adding that of removal, loss, parting with, etc.; as, to throw away; to trifle away; to squander away, etc. Sometimes it has merely an intensive force; as, to blaze away.

      Away with, bear, abide. [Obs. or Archaic] “The calling of assemblies, I can not away with.” ( Isa. i. 13 ), i. e., “I can not bear or endure [it].” -- Away with one, signifies, take him away. “Away with him, crucify him.” John xix. 15. -- To make away with. To kill or destroy. To carry off.