American English

Definition of away adverb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1For the special uses of away in phrasal verbs, look at the entries for the verbs. For example, get away with something is in the phrasal verb section at get. to or at a distance from someone or something in space or time The beach is a mile away. Christmas is still months away. away from somebody/something The subway station is a few minutes' walk away from here.
  2. 2to a different place or in a different direction Go away! Put your toys away. The bright light made her look away.
  3. 3not present synonym absent They were away (= on vacation) last week. Sorry, he's away. away from somebody/something She was away from work for a week.
  4. 4used after verbs to say that something is done continuously or with a lot of energy She was still writing away furiously when the bell rang. They were soon chatting away like old friends.
  5. 5until disappearing completely The water boiled away. The music faded away. They danced the night away (= all night).
  6. 6(sport) at the opponent's field or stadium The Steelers are playing away this Saturday. an away game compare home
  7. Idioms
    away with… (literary)
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    used to say that you would like to be rid of someone or something Away with all these rules and regulations!
    blow/clear the cobwebs away
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    to help someone start something in a fresh, lively state of mind A brisk walk should blow the cobwebs away.
    dance the night away
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    to dance for the whole evening or night
    far and away
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    (followed by comparative or superlative adjectives) by a very great amount She's far and away the best player.
    right away/off
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    immediately; without delay I want it sent right away. I told him right off what I thought of him.
    straight away
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    immediately; without delay synonym at once I'll do it straight away.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: away