you must not allow a stranger into the house when your mother is away
adjective used of an opponent's ground
an away game
adjective satellite (of a baseball pitch) on the far side of home plate from the batter
the pitch was away (or wide)
an outside pitch
adverb from a particular thing or place or position (`forth' is obsolete)
ran away from the lion
wanted to get away from there
sent the children away to boarding school
the teacher waved the children away from the dead animal
went off to school
they drove off
go forth and preach
adverb from one's possession
he gave out money to the poor
gave away the tickets
adverb out of the way (especially away from one's thoughts)
brush the objections aside
pushed all doubts away
adverb out of existence
the music faded away
tried to explain away the affair of the letter"- H.E.Scudder
idled the hours away
her fingernails were worn away
adverb at a distance in space or time
the boat was 5 miles off (or away)
the party is still 2 weeks off (or away)
away back in the 18th century
adverb indicating continuing action; continuously or steadily
he worked away at the project for more than a year
the child kept hammering away as if his life depended on it
adverb so as to be removed or gotten rid of
cleared the mess away
the rotted wood had to be cut away
adverb freely or at will
adverb in or into a proper place (especially for storage or safekeeping)
put the toys away
her jewels are locked away in a safe
filed the letter away
adverb in a different direction
turn away one's face
adverb in reserve; not for immediate use
started setting aside money to buy a car
put something by for her old age
has a nest egg tucked away for a rainy day
AS. aweg, anweg, onweg; on on + weg way.
From a place; hence.
The sound is going away.
Have me away, for I am sore wounded.
2 Chron. xxxv. 23.
Absent; gone; at a distance; as, the master is away from home.
Aside; off; in another direction.
The axis of rotation is inclined away from the sun.
From a state or condition of being; out of existence.
Be near me when I fade away.
By ellipsis of the verb, equivalent to an imperative: Go or come ~; begone; take ~.
And the Lord said . . . Away, get thee down.
Exod. xix. 24.
On; in continuance; without intermission or delay; as, sing away. Colloq.
✍ It is much used in phrases signifying moving or going from; as, go away, run away, etc.; all signifying departure, or separation to a distance. Sometimes without the verb; as, whither away so fast ? "Love hath wings, and will away." Waller. It serves to modify the sense of certain verbs by adding that of removal, loss, parting with, etc.; as, to throw away; to trifle away; to squander away, etc. Sometimes it has merely an intensive force; as, to blaze away.