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Princeton's WordNet

  1. away(p)adjective

    not present; having left

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

  2. awayadjective

    used of an opponent's ground

    "an away game"

  3. away, outsideadverb

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

    "the pitch was away (or wide)"; "an outside pitch"

  4. away, off, forthadverb

    from a particular thing or place or position (`forth' is obsolete)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"

  5. away, outadverb

    from one's possession

    "he gave out money to the poor"; "gave away the tickets"

  6. aside, awayadverb

    out of the way (especially away from one's thoughts)

    "brush the objections aside"; "pushed all doubts away"

  7. awayadverb

    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"

  8. off, awayadverb

    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"

  9. awayadverb

    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"

  10. awayadverb

    so as to be removed or gotten rid of

    "cleared the mess away"; "the rotted wood had to be cut away"

  11. awayadverb

    freely or at will

    "fire away!"

  12. awayadverb

    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"

  13. away, asideadverb

    in a different direction

    "turn aside"; "turn away one's face"; "glanced away"

  14. aside, by, awayadverb

    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"


  1. awayadverb

    From a place, hence.

    He went away on vacation.

  2. awayadverb

    Aside; off; in another direction.

  3. awayadverb

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

  4. awayadverb

    Come away; go away; take away.

  5. awayadverb

    On; in continuance; without intermission or delay; as, sing away.

  6. awayadverb

    Without restraint.

    You've got questions? Ask away!

  7. awayadverb

    At a distance in time or space

    Christmas is only two weeks away.

  8. awayadjective

    Not here, gone, absent, unavailable, traveling; on vacation.

  9. awayadjective

    At a specified distance in space, time, or figuratively.

  10. awayadjective

    Not on one's home territory.

    Next, they are playing away in Dallas.

  11. awayadjective


    Two men away in the bottom of the ninth.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Awayadverb

    Etymology: aweg, Saxon.

    They could make
    Love to your dress, although your face were away. Ben Jonson, Catiline.

    It is impossible to know properties that are so annexed to it, that any of them being away, that essence is not there. John Locke.

    I have a pain upon my forehead here ————
    —— Why that’s with watching; ’twill away again. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    When the fowls came down upon the carcases, Abraham drove them away again. Gen. xv. 11.

    Would you youth and beauty stay,
    Love hath wings, and will away. Edmund Waller.

    Summer suns roll unperceiv’d away. Alexander Pope.

    Away, old man; give me thy hand; away;
    King Lear hath lost, he and his daughter ta’en;
    Give me thy hand. Come on. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Away, and glister like the god of war,
    When he intendeth to become the field. William Shakespeare, King John.

    I’ll to the woods among the happier brutes:
    Come, let’s away; hark, the still horn resounds. Edmund Smith, Phædra and Hippolitus.

    Away, you flatt’rer!
    Nor charge his gen’rous meaning. Nicholas Rowe, Jane Shore.

    It concerns every man, who will not trifle away his soul, and fool himself into irrecoverable misery, to enquire into these matters. John Tillotson.

    He play’d his life away. Alexander Pope.

    Sir Valentine, whither away so fast? William Shakespeare, T. G. of Verona.

    She never could away with me. ———— Never, never: she would always say, she could not abide master Shallow. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    If you dare think of deserving our charms,
    Away with your sheephooks, and take to your arms. Dryd.


  1. Away

    Blow Me Away is a song by American rock band Breaking Benjamin. The song is a non-album single because it was written in 2004 specifically for the Halo 2 Original Soundtrack. It was later released in 2010 as a digital single. In 2011, a remixed version of the song was released on Shallow Bay: The Best of Breaking Benjamin, featuring vocals of Sydnee Duran from Valora. Written by vocalist and guitarist Benjamin Burnley and then-drummer Jeremy Hummel, the song is described as featuring "hard rock roots, ... a vocal-centric aesthetic, heavy electric rhythm guitars", and "an aggressive male vocalist".


  1. away

    "Away" typically refers to being at a distance, or in a different location or direction from a specific point or place. It indicates a state of being physically separated or removed from a particular area or person.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Awayadverb

    from a place; hence

  2. Awayadverb

    absent; gone; at a distance; as, the master is away from home

  3. Awayadverb

    aside; off; in another direction

  4. Awayadverb

    from a state or condition of being; out of existence

  5. Awayadverb

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

  6. Awayadverb

    on; in continuance; without intermission or delay; as, sing away

  7. Etymology: [AS. aweg, anweg, onweg; on on + weg way.]


  1. Away

    Away is a play written by the Australian playwright Michael Gow, published by Currency Press in 1986. First performed by the Griffin Theatre Company in 1986, it tells the story of three internally conflicted families holidaying on the coast for Christmas, 1968. It has become one of the most widely produced Australian plays of all time and is part of the Higher School Certificate syllabi or general High School Curriculum in many states, including Western Australia, New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria. Each of the three families hopes that the holiday will resolve the crisis that they face. Roy, a headmaster, and Coral, his wife, realise that their marriage is falling apart as they grieve the death of their son in the Vietnam War. Tom, an English immigrant and a pupil at Roy's school, knows that he is dying of leukaemia even though his parents, Harry and Vic, have yet to tell him. Tom's family know that this could be their last holiday together, so they are determined to have fun. The third family comprises uptight, martyrish mother, Gwen, her husband, Jim, and their daughter, Meg, who has become friends with Tom because of their mutual appearances in the recent school play. There is a mutual affection between Meg and Tom that is explored and challenged during a sex scene, where Tom - aware that his life is soon to end - transforms into a desperate weeping puppy and begs Meg to "Let do it to". After a storm the three families find themselves thrown together on the beach that is the play's setting and their antagonism is explored and resolved.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Away

    a-wā′, adv. onward, along: forthwith: in the direction of, about: absent: gone, dead, fainted.—interj. begone!—Away (elliptically), to go away, esp. imperatively, Away! or Away with you!Away with him = take him away.—Fire away, fire at once, without hesitation.—I cannot away with = bear or endure.—Make away with, to destroy.—Once and away, once in a way (the usual modern form), once.—There away, in that direction, thereabout.—To do away (with), to make an end of anything; To explain away, to explain till the thing that needs explanation is itself removed; To fall away (with from), to desert; To fight away, to go on fighting; To work away, to keep on working. [A.S. a-weg—prep. a, on, weg, way, lit. 'on one's way.']

Editors Contribution

  1. away

    Space or time doing what we choose.

    They went away for the weekend with the family what a joy.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 11, 2020  

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'AWAY' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #236

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'AWAY' in Written Corpus Frequency: #252

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'AWAY' in Adverbs Frequency: #39

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of AWAY in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of AWAY in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of AWAY in a Sentence

  1. Brett Schaefer:

    There is no doubt there are instances of diplomats behaving badly and the more repressive and dictatorial the government is, the more they feel like they can get away with that type of reprehensible behavior.

  2. Peter Romer-Friedman:

    Equal rights must be the guiding principle for online advertising and recruiting, this settlement takes away digital tools that advertisers can use to deny equal opportunity. We will continue our efforts to hold employers accountable for using Facebook's platform to discriminate.

  3. Denis Diderot:

    Virtue is praised but hated. People run away from it, for it is ice-cold and in this world you must keep your feet warm.

  4. Orison Swett Marden:

    Every experience in life, everything with which we have come in contact in life, is a chisel which has been cutting away at our life statue, molding, modifying, shaping it. We are part of all we have met. Everything we have seen, heard, felt, or thought has had its hand in molding us, shaping us

  5. Faith Rodgers:

    I trusted Robert Sylvester Kelly and Robert Sylvester Kelly betrayed my trust, once I recognized my worth, I knew I had to walk away. No woman should be victim-shamed, harassed or retaliated against because she... has spoken her truth.

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