I UK [əˈweɪ] / US adverb ***
1) in a different direction
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.

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

A path led away from the back of the house.

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) not in your usual place 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) at a distance
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.

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) used for showing distance or time
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.

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) gradually disappearing used for saying that something gradually disappears

The sound of their voices faded away into the distance.

Martha's anger suddenly melted away.

6) [usually progressive] used for showing continuous activity 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) in order to remove something 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) in a safe or usual place 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) changing from something 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) used for showing where a game is played if a sports team plays away, they go to their opponents' ground 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.


II UK [əˈweɪ] / US adjective [only before noun]
an away game or match is one in which a team goes to their opponents' ground to play. A home game is one in which a team plays in its own ground.

English dictionary. 2014.

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