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“away” in British English

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awayadverb

uk /əˈweɪ/ us /əˈweɪ/

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?

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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 long distance from here).

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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.

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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) 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 (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.

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awayadjective

uk /əˈweɪ/ 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/

away adjective, adverb [ not gradable ] (SOMEWHERE ELSE)

somewhere else, 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/

away adverb [ not gradable ] (DISTANT)

at a distance (from this place):

How far away is the station?

away adverb [ not gradable ] (IN THE FUTURE)

in the future; from now:

The wedding is still six months away.

away adverb [ not gradable ] (INTO PLACE)

in or into the usual or a suitable place, esp. one that is enclosed:

Put the groceries away before you go out again.

away adverb [ not gradable ] (GRADUALLY)

gradually until mostly or completely gone:

The music faded away.

away adverb [ not gradable ] (CONTINUOUSLY)

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)