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AWA'Y, adverb [See Way.]

1. Absent; at a distance; as, the master is away from home.

Have me away for I am wounded. 2 Chronicles 35:23.

2. It is much used with words signifying moving or going from; as, go away send 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

3. As an exclamation, it is a command or invitation to depart; away that is, be gone, or let us go. 'Away with him.' Take him away

4. With verbs, it serves to modify their sense and form peculiar phrases; as,

To throw away to cast from, to give up, dissipate or foolishly destroy.

To trifle away to lose or expend in trifles, or in idleness.

To drink away to squander away etc., to dissipate in drinking or extravagance.

To make away is to kill or destroy.

5. away with has a peculiar signification in the phrase, 'I cannot away with it.' Isaiah 1:4. The sense is, 'I cannot bear or endure it.'