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:

Go away!

Dinah was crying as she drove slowly away.

away from

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.

away from

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.

away from

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

away from

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.