away - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    in a different direction
    1. a.
      moving so that you go further from a person, place, or thing

      When Sykes saw the police, he ran away.

      away from:

      People had been driven away from their homes by the invading army.

    2. b.
      used for talking about the direction of a road, path etc
      away from:

      A path led away from the back of the house.

    3. c.
      turning or looking towards a different direction

      Bruce was staring at her. She looked away, feeling suddenly shy and embarrassed.

      away from:

      He turned away from the window and walked over to the table.

  2. 2
    not at home, or not at the place where you work or study

    My brother looks after the farm while I’m away.

    away from:

    I’m writing to ask Amy’s parents why she’s been away from school.

    away on holiday/business:

    Graham’s away on holiday this week.

    go away (=leave your home for more than a day):

    I’ve not seen our neighbours around – they must have gone away somewhere.

  3. 3
    at a distance
    1. a.
      not near something or someone, especially because of danger
      keep/stay away:

      Police have warned people to stay away from the area.

      away from:

      Keep away from the stove – it’s very hot.

    2. b.
      far from people, places, or things, especially so that you feel separated from them
      away from:

      It’s nice to have a weekend away from London.

      She’s been away from her family for too long.

  4. 4
    used for showing distance or time
    1. a.
      used for saying how far it is to a place
      5 miles/100 yards etc away:

      The nearest hospital is about eight miles away.

      away from:

      Robert’s brother was standing only a few feet away from me.

    2. b.
      used for saying how much time will pass before a date or event in the future
      2 weeks/3 months etc away:

      Examinations are less than three weeks away.

  5. 5
    used for saying that something gradually disappears

    The sound of their voices faded away into the distance.

    Martha’s anger suddenly melted away.

  6. 6
    [usually progressive] used for showing that someone does something continuously or for a long time

    Molly was at her desk working away as usual.

    The children were all chattering away happily.

  7. 7
    used for showing that something is removed

    We need to have this rubbish taken away.

    She wiped away her tears and tried to smile.

  8. 8
    in a safe place, or in the place where something is usually kept
    put/clear something away:

    Put your toys away before you go to bed.

    store/hide something away:

    He’s got lot of gold coins hidden away somewhere.

  9. 9
    used for showing that there is a change in people’s opinions or ways of doing things
    move/shift away from:

    We’re moving away from the idea that what’s modern is necessarily good.

    a move/shift away from:

    There has been a shift away from the old manufacturing industries toward high technology.

  10. 10
    if a sports team plays away, they go to their opponentsground to play a game. If they play in their own ground, they play at home
    be away to someone:

    Chelsea are away to Manchester United on Saturday.

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