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"away" in British English

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awayadverb

uk   us   /əˈweɪ/
  • away adverb (SOMEWHERE ELSE)

A2 somewhereelse, or to or in a different ​place, ​position, or ​situation: Ms Watson is away on ​holiday until the end of the ​week. Keep/Stay away from him. Just go away and ​leave me ​alone! The ​sight was so ​horrible that I had to ​look/​turn away. The ​recentflood has ​swept away the ​footbridge. I've given away all my ​oldclothes to ​charity.UK Would you like ​yourburger to ​eat in or take away?

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  • away adverb (DISTANT)

A2 at a ​distance (of or from here): How ​far away is the ​station? The ​office is a half-hour ​drive away. We ​live five ​kilometres away from each other. Life's so much ​quieter away from the ​city.informal Oh, it's miles away (= a ​longdistance from here).

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  • away adverb (INTO PLACE)

B1 in or into the ​usual or a ​suitableplace, ​especially one that can be ​closed: Would you put the ​icecream away in the ​freezer? My ​grandparents had £800 ​hidden away in an ​oldshoebox.

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  • away adverb (GONE)

B2 gradually until ​mostly or ​completely gone: All the ​snow had ​melted away. The ​musicfaded away as the ​processionmovedslowly up the ​street. We used to while away (= ​spend) the ​weekends at my aunt's ​house in the ​country. We ​danced the ​night away (= until the ​night was over).

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  • away adverb (IN THE FUTURE)

B1 in the ​future: My ​English exam's only a ​week away and I haven't ​evenstarted to ​prepare.

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  • away adverb (CONTINUOUSLY)

C2 continuously or ​repeatedly, or in a ​busy way: I was still writing away when the ​examfinished. Chris has been ​working away in the ​garden all ​day. We were ​chatting away at the back and didn't ​hear what he said.

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awayadjective

uk   us   /əˈweɪ/
(Definition of away from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"away" in American English

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awayadjective, adverb [not gradable]

 us   /əˈweɪ/
somewhereelse, or to or in a different ​place, ​position, or ​situation: Barbara is away on ​vacation until the end of the ​week. The Jeffersons went away for the ​weekend, but they’ll be back on ​Monday.

awayadverb [not gradable]

 us   /əˈweɪ/
at a ​distance (from this ​place): How ​far away is the ​station?
in the ​future; from now: The ​wedding is still six ​months away.
in or into the ​usual or a ​suitableplace, esp. one that is ​enclosed: Put the ​groceries away before you go out again.
gradually until ​mostly or ​completely gone: The ​musicfaded away.
continuously or ​repeatedly, or ​actively: Chris has been ​working away on the ​car all ​day.
(Definition of away from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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