What does away mean?

Definitions for away

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word away.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. away(p)(adj)

    not present; having left

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

  2. away(adj)

    used of an opponent's ground

    "an away game"

  3. away, outside(adverb)

    (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, forth(adverb)

    from a particular thing or place or position (`forth' is obsolete)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, out(adverb)

    from one's possession

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

  6. aside, away(adverb)

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

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

  7. away(adverb)

    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, away(adverb)

    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. away(adverb)

    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. away(adverb)

    so as to be removed or gotten rid of

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

  11. away(adverb)

    freely or at will

    "fire away!"

  12. away(adverb)

    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, aside(adverb)

    in a different direction

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

  14. aside, by, away(adverb)

    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. away(Adverb)

    From a place, hence.

    He went away on vacation.

  2. away(Adverb)

    Aside; off; in another direction.

  3. away(Adverb)

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

  4. away(Adverb)

    Come away; go away; take away.

  5. away(Adverb)

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

  6. away(Adverb)

    Without restraint.

    You've got questions? Ask away!

  7. away(Adverb)

    At a distance in time or space

    Christmas is only two weeks away.

  8. away(Adjective)

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

  9. away(Adjective)

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

  10. away(Adjective)

    Not on one's home territory.

    Next, they are playing away in Dallas.

  11. away(Adjective)


    Two men away in the bottom of the ninth.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Away(adverb)

    from a place; hence

  2. Away(adverb)

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

  3. Away(adverb)

    aside; off; in another direction

  4. Away(adverb)

    from a state or condition of being; out of existence

  5. Away(adverb)

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

  6. Away(adverb)

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

  7. Origin: [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.']

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British National Corpus

  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

How to pronounce away?

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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. Justin Bieber:

    We steer them away.

  2. President Dilma Rousseff:

    We are very far away.

  3. Yesenia Ortiz-Del Valle:

    Somehow it flew away.

  4. H. G. Wells:

    Go away...I'm alright.

  5. Barry Commoner:

    Nothing ever goes away.

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