Meaning of AWAY in English
I. a ‧ way 1 S1 W1 /əˈweɪ/ BrE AmE adverb
[ Language: Old English ; Origin: onweg , aweg , from on + weg 'way' ]
1 . used to say that someone leaves a place or person, or stays some distance from a place or person:
Dinah was crying as she drove slowly away.
Stay away from the fire.
2 . towards a different direction:
She turned away and stared out of the window.
Charley blushed and looked away, embarrassed.
3 . if someone is away from school, work, or home, they are not there SYN absent :
Simon is away with flu.
Kate is away on holiday.
You must bring a note from your parents if you’ve been away from school.
4 . used to say how far it is to a place or thing
five miles/ten feet etc away
Geneva is about 20 miles away.
There’s another hotel not far away.
She was sitting ten feet away from the microphone.
five minutes/two hours etc away
The beach is only five minutes away (=it only takes five minutes to get there) .
5 . if an event is two days, three weeks etc away, it will happen after that period of time has passed:
Christmas is only a month away.
6 . used to say how close someone is to achieving something or experiencing something
At one stage, they were just two points away from victory.
7 . into or in a safe or enclosed place:
Put your money away, I’m paying.
Thousands of archaeological treasures are being kept hidden away.
8 . used to show that something disappears or is removed:
The music died away.
Ruben gave all his money away to charity.
Support for the Democrats has dropped away.
Cut away all the dead wood.
9 . used to emphasize that an action continues:
Sue was singing away to herself in the bath.
They’ve been hammering away all day.
10 . used to say that someone spends the whole of a period of time doing something:
You can dance the night away in one of Benidorm’s many discos.
11 . if a team is playing away, it is playing a game at its opponent’s field or sports hall OPP at home :
Liverpool are playing away at Everton on Saturday.
⇨ far and away at ↑ far 1 (12), ⇨ right away at ↑ right 3 (2), ⇨ straight away at ↑ straight 1 (7)
II. away 2 BrE AmE adjective [only before noun]
an away game or match is played at your opponent’s field or sports hall OPP home
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English. Longman - Словарь современного английского языка. 2012