Definition of away adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əˈweɪ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈweɪ//
    For 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.
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  1. 1  to or at a distance from somebody/something in space or time The beach is a mile away. Christmas is still months away. away from somebody/something The station is a few minutes' walk away from here.
  2. 2  to a different place or in a different direction Go away! Put your toys away. The bright light made her look away.
  3. 3  not present synonym absent There were ten children away yesterday. 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 went. 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 ground or stadium Chelsea are playing away this Saturday. compare home Away is also used as an adjective in this contextan away match/game.
  7. Word OriginOld English onweg, aweg ‘on one's way’ (from a- ‘to, towards’ and way).Idioms (literary) used to say that you would like to be rid of somebody/something Away with all these rules and regulations!
    blow/clear the cobwebs away
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    to help somebody start something in a fresh, lively state of mind A brisk walk should blow the cobwebs away.
    to dance for the whole evening or night (followed by comparative or superlative adjectives) by a very great amount She's far and away the best player.  immediately; without delay I want it sent right away. I told him right off what I thought of him.  immediately; without delay synonym at once I'll do it straight away.
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