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a·way / əˈwā/ • adv. 1. to or at a distance from a particular place, person, or thing: they walked away from the church in silence | Bernice pushed him away | we'll be away for four nights. ∎  at a specified distance: when he was ten or twelve feet away, he stopped. ∎  at a specified future distance in time: the wedding is only weeks away. ∎  toward a lower level; downward: in front of them the land fell away to the river. ∎  conceptually to one side, so as no longer to be the focus of attention: the museum has shifted its emphasis away from research toward exhibitions.2. into an appropriate place for storage or safekeeping: he put away the lawn furniture. ∎  toward or into nonexistence: the sound of hoofbeats died away.3. constantly, persistently, or continuously: there was little Edgar crooning away.• adj. (of a sports competition) played at the opponents' grounds: tomorrow night's away game at Yankee Stadium.

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away Late OE. aweġ, for earlier onweġ, i.e. ON, A-1 + WAY.