away

Primary Meanings of away

1.
advadj
at a distance in space or time
not present; having left
2.
adv
from one's possession
3.
adv
in or into a proper place (especially for storage or safekeeping)
4.
adv
indicating continuing action; continuously or steadily
Full Definitions of away
1

adv 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”
Synonyms:
off

adv from a particular thing or place or position (`forth' is obsolete)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”
Synonyms:
forth, off

adv in a different direction

“turn away one's face”
“glanced away
Synonyms:
aside

adj not present; having left

“he's away right now”
“you must not allow a stranger into the house when your mother is away
Synonyms:
absent
not being in a specified place

adj used of an opponent's ground

“an away game”
Antonyms:
home
used of your own ground

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

“the pitch was away (or wide)”
Synonyms:
outside
inaccurate
not exact
2

adv from one's possession

“gave away the tickets”
Synonyms:
out

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

“pushed all doubts away
Synonyms:
aside
3

adv 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

adv in reserve; not for immediate use

“has a nest egg tucked away for a rainy day”
Synonyms:
aside, by

adv so as to be removed or gotten rid of

“cleared the mess away
“the rotted wood had to be cut away

adv 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
4

adv 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”

adv freely or at will

“fire away!”

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