1. From a particular thing or place: ran away from the lion; sent the children away to boarding school.
a. At or to a distance in space or time: We live a block away from the park.
b. At or by a considerable interval: away back in the 17th century; away off on the horizon.
a. In a different direction; aside: glanced away.
b. On the way: We want to get away early in the day.
4. In or into storage or safekeeping: put the toys away; jewels locked away in a safe.
5. Out of existence or notice: The music faded away.
6. So as to remove, separate, or eliminate: chipped the paint away; cleared away the debris.
7. From one's possession: gave the tickets away.
8. Continuously; steadily: toiled away at the project for more than a year.
9. Freely; at will: Fire away!
1. Absent: The neighbors are away.
2. Distant, as in space or time: The city is miles away. The game was still a week away.
3. Played on an opponent's field or grounds: an away game.
4. In golf, having the ball lying farthest from the hole and properly playing first among competitors.
5. Baseball Out: bases loaded, with two away.
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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