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Meaning & Definition of Away in English

English

Away

/əwe/

adjective

1. Not present

  • Having left
  • "He's away right now"
  • "You must not allow a stranger into the house when your mother is away"
    synonym:
  • away(p)

2. Used of an opponent's ground

  • "An away game"
    synonym:
  • away

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

  • "The pitch was away (or wide)"
  • "An outside pitch"
    synonym:
  • away
  • ,
  • outside

adverb

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 From a particular thing or place or position (`forth' is obsolete)

  • "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"
  • "Went off to school"
  • "They drove off"
  • "Go forth and preach"
    synonym:
  • away
  • ,
  • off
  • ,
  • forth

2. From one's possession

  • "He gave out money to the poor"
  • "Gave away the tickets"
    synonym:
  • away
  • ,
  • out

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

  • "Brush the objections aside"
  • "Pushed all doubts away"
    synonym:
  • aside
  • ,
  • away

4. Out of existence

  • "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"
    synonym:
  • away

5. At a distance in space or time

  • "The boat was 5 miles off (or away)"
  • "The party is still 2 weeks off (or away)"
  • "Away back in the 18th century"
    synonym:
  • off
  • ,
  • away

6. Indicating continuing action

  • Continuously or steadily
  • "He worked away at the project for more than a year"
  • "The child kept hammering away as if his life depended on it"
    synonym:
  • away

7. So as to be removed or gotten rid of

  • "Cleared the mess away"
  • "The rotted wood had to be cut away"
    synonym:
  • away

8. Freely or at will

  • "Fire away!"
    synonym:
  • away

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

  • "Put the toys away"
  • "Her jewels are locked away in a safe"
  • "Filed the letter away"
    synonym:
  • away

10. In a different direction

  • "Turn aside"
  • "Turn away one's face"
  • "Glanced away"
    synonym:
  • away
  • ,
  • aside

11. In reserve

  • Not for immediate use
  • "Started setting aside money to buy a car"
  • "Put something by for her old age"
  • "Has a nest egg tucked away for a rainy day"
    synonym:
  • aside
  • ,
  • by
  • ,
  • away

Examples of using

Don't let Tom run away.
Don't let your imagination run away with you.
I understand Tom salted away a good deal for his old age.