(adjective, adverb, interjection)


1. not present; having left

- he's away right now

- you must not allow a stranger into the house when your mother is away

Similar word(s): absent

2. used of an opponent's ground

- an away game

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

- the pitch was away (or wide)

Similar word(s): inaccurate, outside

Sentences with away as an adjective:

- The master is away from home.

- Would you pick up my mail while I'm away.

- He's miles away by now.

- Spring is still a month away.

- Next, they are playing away in Dallas.

- Two men away in the bottom of the ninth.


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 from a particular thing or place or position (`forth' is obsolete)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

Similar word(s): forth, off

2. from one's possession

- gave away the tickets

Similar word(s): out

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

- pushed all doubts away

Similar word(s): aside

4. out of existence

- the music faded away

- tried to explain away the affair of the letter

- idled the hours 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

Similar word(s): off

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

7. so as to be removed or gotten rid of

- cleared the mess away

- the rotted wood had to be cut away

8. freely or at will

- fire 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

10. in a different direction

- turn away one's face

- glanced away

Similar word(s): aside

11. in reserve; not for immediate use

- has a nest egg tucked away for a rainy day

Similar word(s): aside, by

Sentences with away as an adverb:

- He went away on vacation.

- sing away

- You've got questions? Ask away!

- That's where tourists go to hear great Cuban bands and dance the night away.

- Christmas is only two weeks away.


1. (Northern England) come on!; go on!