Meaning of “go away” in the English Dictionary

"go away" in British English

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go away

phrasal verb with go uk /ɡəʊ/ us /ɡoʊ/ verb present participle going, past tense went, past participle gone


B1 to leave a place:

Go away and leave me alone!

B1 to leave your home in order to spend time somewhere else, usually for a holiday:

We usually go away for the summer.
He goes away on business a lot.

More examples

  • She's gone away for six months, but strangely/oddly/funnily enough , her boyfriend doesn't seem too unhappy about it.
  • I really didn't want to go away this weekend but, oh well, it can't be helped.
  • It's just possible that we might be going away that weekend.
  • We left our dog in kennels when we went away on holiday.
  • I really missed her when she went away.


to disappear:

It was weeks before the bruises went away.

More examples

  • The smell went away when he opened the window.
  • Her nerves gradually went away as the performance continued.
  • The immediate risk of contamination has gone away now.
  • I can't get that buzzing noise to go away. Where's it coming from?
  • This icon keeps appearing on the screen. How do I make it go away?

(Definition of “go away” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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