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away

adverb uk   /əˈweɪ/ us  

away adverb (SOMEWHERE ELSE)

A2 somewhere else, 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 recent flood has swept away the footbridge. I've given away all my old clothes to charity.UK Would you like your burger to eat in or take away?Separateness and isolation in spaceAlone

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 long distance from here).Distant in space and time

away adverb (INTO PLACE)

B1 in or into the usual or a suitable place, especially one that can be closed: Would you put the ice cream away in the freezer? My grandparents had £800 hidden away in an old shoe box.Separateness and isolation in spaceAlone

away adverb (GONE)

B2 gradually until mostly or completely gone: All the snow had melted away. The music faded away as the procession moved slowly up the street. We used to while away (= spend time at) the weekends at my aunt's cottage in the country. We danced the night away (= until the night was over).Slow and moving slowlyComplete and wholeVery and extreme

away adverb (IN THE FUTURE)

B1 in the future: My English exam's only a week away and I haven't even started to prepare.In the future and soon

away adverb (CONTINUOUSLY)

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

away

adjective uk   /əˈweɪ/ us  
C1 An away match or game is played at an opposing team's sports ground: We lost the away game but won both the home games. Everton unveiled their new yellow-and-blue away strip (= clothing worn by a team at away games).Competing in sportCompeting and contending (non-sporting)
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