Meaning of AWAY in English


Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English.

Note: 'Away' is often used with verbs of movement, such as ‘go’ and ‘drive’, and also in phrasal verbs such as ‘do ~ with’ and ‘fade ~’.


If someone or something moves or is moved ~ from a place, they move or are moved so that they are no longer there. If you are ~ from a place, you are not in the place where people expect you to be.

An injured policeman was led ~ by colleagues...

He walked ~ from his car...

She drove ~ before either of them could speak again...

Jason was ~ on a business trip...

ADV: ADV after v, be ADV, oft ADV prep


If you look or turn ~ from something, you move your head so that you are no longer looking at it.

She quickly looked ~ and stared down at her hands...

As he stands up, he turns his face ~ from her so that she won’t see his tears.

ADV: ADV after v, oft ADV prep


If you put or tidy something ~, you put it where it should be. If you hide someone or something ~, you put them in a place where nobody can see them or find them.

I put my journal ~ and prepared for bed...

All her letters were carefully filed ~ in folders...

I have $100m hidden ~ where no one will ever find it.

ADV: ADV after v


If something is ~ from a person or place, it is at a distance from that person or place.

The two women were sitting as far ~ from each other as possible... estate thirty miles ~ from town.



You use ~ to talk about future events. For example, if an event is a week ~, it will happen after a week.

...the Washington summit, now only just over two weeks ~...

ADV: be amount ADV


When a sports team plays ~, it plays on its opponents’ ground.

...a sensational 4-3 victory for the team playing ~.

ADV: ADV after v

Away is also an adjective.

Charlton are about to play an important ~ match.



You can use ~ to say that something slowly disappears, becomes less significant, or changes so that it is no longer the same.

So much snow has already melted ~...

His voice died ~ in a whisper...

ADV: ADV after v


You use ~ to show that there has been a change or development from one state or situation to another.

There’s been a dramatic shift ~ from traditional careers towards business and commerce.

ADV: ADV after v, n ADV, oft ADV prep


You can use ~ to emphasize a continuous or repeated action.

He would often be working ~ on his word processor late into the night...

ADV: ADV after v emphasis


You use ~ to show that something is removed.

The waitress whipped the plate ~ and put down my bill...

ADV: ADV after v


far and ~: see far

right ~: see right

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