1 adverb
1 to or at a distance from someone or something: Go away! | Dinah was crying as she drove slowly away.
(+ from): The police tried to keep people away from the accident. | turn/look away (from sb/sth) (=turn so that you are not looking at someone or something)
2 if someone is away from school, work or home they are not there
(+ from): You must bring a note from your parents if you've been away from school. | away with flu/measles/a cold etc (=not at school, work etc because you are ill)
3 3 miles/5 kilometres etc away at a distance of 3 miles, 5 kilometres etc from someone or something: Geneva is about 20 miles away.
4 2 days/3 weeks etc away if an event is 2 days, 3 weeks etc away, it will happen after 2 days etc have passed: Christmas is only a month away. | We live minutes away from the sea. (=it only takes minutes to get there)
5 into a safe or enclosed place: Put your money away, I'm paying.
6 so as to be gone or used up: The music died away. | The farm was swept away in the flood. | Ruben gave all his money away to charity. | Support for the Democrats has dropped away. | The young lovers danced the night away. (=danced all night) | Cut away all the dead wood.
7 used to emphasize a continuous action: Sue was singing away to herself in the bath. | They've been hammering away all day.
8 if a team is playing away, it is playing a game at its opponent's sports field, stadium etc: Liverpool are playing away at Everton on Saturday.
9 away with sb/sth! literary used to tell someone to take someone or something away: Away with the prisoner!
10 be away ScotE to go or leave a place: He's just away to the shops. | We're away tomorrow (=we're leaving tomorrow)
-see also: far and away far 1 (10), right away right 2 (2) 2 adjective (only before noun) an away game or match is played at your opponent's field or sports hall -opposite home 1 (13)

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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