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Away vs. Off

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  • Away (adverb)

    From a place, hence.

    "He went away on vacation."

  • Away (adverb)

    Aside; off; in another direction.

  • Away (adverb)

    From a state or condition of being; out of existence.

  • Away (adverb)

    Come away; go away; take away.

  • Away (adverb)

    On; in continuance; without intermission or delay.

    "sing away"

  • Away (adverb)

    Without restraint.

    "You've got questions? Ask away!"

  • Away (adverb)

    Being so engaged for the entire time.

    "That's where tourists go to hear great Cuban bands and dance the night away."

  • Away (adverb)

    At a distance in time or space.

    "Christmas is only two weeks away."

  • Away (interjection)

    come on!; go on!

  • Away (adjective)

    Not here, gone, absent, unavailable, traveling; on vacation.

    "The master is away from home."

    "Would you pick up my mail while I'm away."

  • Away (adjective)

    At a specified distance in space, time, or figuratively.

    "He's miles away by now."

    "Spring is still a month away."

  • Away (adjective)

    Not on one's home territory.

    "Next, they are playing away in Dallas."

  • Away (adjective)

    Out.

    "Two men away in the bottom of the ninth."

  • Off (adverb)

    In a direction away from the speaker or object.

    "He drove off in a cloud of smoke."

  • Off (adverb)

    Into a state of non-operation; into a state of non-existence.

    "Please switch off the light when you leave."

    "die off"

  • Off (adverb)

    So as to be removed or separated.

    "He bit off more than he could chew."

    "Some branches were sawn off."

  • Off (adjective)

    Inoperative, disabled.

    "on"

    "All the lights are off."

  • Off (adjective)

    Rancid, rotten.

    "fresh"

    "This milk is off!"

  • Off (adjective)

    In, or towards the half of the field away from the batsman's legs; the right side for a right-handed batsman.

    "on|leg"

  • Off (adjective)

    Less than normal, in temperament or in result.

    "sales are off this quarter"

  • Off (adjective)

    Inappropriate; untoward.

    "I felt that his comments were a bit off."

  • Off (adjective)

    Circumstanced (as in well off, better off, poorly off).

  • Off (adjective)

    Started on the way.

    "off to see the wizard"

    "And they're off! Whatsmyname takes an early lead, with Remember The Mane behind by a nose."

  • Off (adjective)

    Far; off to the side.

    "the off horse or ox in a team, in distinction from the nigh or near horse"

  • Off (adjective)

    Designating a time when one is not strictly attentive to business or affairs, or is absent from a post, and, hence, a time when affairs are not urgent.

    "He took an off day for fishing."

    "an off year in politics;"

    "the off season"

  • Off (adjective)

    Designating a time when one is not performing to the best of one's abilities.

  • Off (adjective)

    Presently unavailable.

    "— I'll have the chicken please."

    "— Sorry, chicken's off today."

  • Off (adjective)

    Right-hand in relation to the side of a horse or a vehicle.

    "near"

  • Off (preposition)

    Used to indicate movement away from a position on

    "I took it off the table."

    "Come off the roof!"

  • Off (preposition)

    Out of the possession of.

    "He didn't buy it off him. He stole it off him."

  • Off (preposition)

    Away from or not on.

    "He's off the computer, but he's still on the phone."

    "Keep off the grass."

  • Off (preposition)

    Disconnected or subtracted from.

    "We've been off the grid for three days now."

    "He took 20% off the list price."

  • Off (preposition)

    Distant from.

    "We're just off the main road."

    "The island is 23 miles off the cape."

  • Off (preposition)

    No longer wanting or taking.

    "He's been off his feed since Tuesday."

    "He's off his meds again."

  • Off (preposition)

    Placed after a number (of products or parts, as if a unit), in commerce or engineeringEngineering.

    "Tantalum bar 6 off 3/8" Dia × 12" — Atom, Great Britain Atomic Energy Authority, 1972"

    "samples submitted … 12 off Thermistors type 1K3A531 … — BSI test report for shock and vibration testing, 2000"

    "I'd like to re-order those printer cartridges, let's say 5-off."

  • Off (verb)

    To kill.

    "He got in the way so I had him offed."

  • Off (verb)

    To switch off.

    "Can you off the light?"

  • Off (noun)

    Beginning; starting point.

    "He has been very obviously an untrustworthy narrator right from the off."

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Oxford Dictionary
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  • Away (adverb)

    From a place; hence.

  • Away (adverb)

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

  • Away (adverb)

    Aside; off; in another direction.

  • Away (adverb)

    From a state or condition of being; out of existence.

  • Away (adverb)

    By ellipsis of the verb, equivalent to an imperative: Go or come away; begone; take away.

  • Away (adverb)

    On; in continuance; without intermission or delay; as, sing away.

  • Off (adverb)

    In a general sense, denoting from or away from; as:

  • Off (adverb)

    Denoting distance or separation; as, the house is a mile off.

  • Off (adverb)

    Denoting the action of removing or separating; separation; as, to take off the hat or cloak; to cut off, to pare off, to clip off, to peel off, to tear off, to march off, to fly off, and the like.

  • Off (adverb)

    Denoting a leaving, abandonment, departure, abatement, interruption, or remission; as, the fever goes off; the pain goes off; the game is off; all bets are off.

  • Off (adverb)

    Denoting a different direction; not on or towards: away; as, to look off.

  • Off (adverb)

    Denoting opposition or negation.

  • Off (interjection)

    Away; begone; - a command to depart.

  • Off (preposition)

    Not on; away from; as, to be off one's legs or off the bed; two miles off the shore.

  • Off (adjective)

    On the farther side; most distant; on the side of an animal or a team farthest from the driver when he is on foot; in the United States, the right side; as, the off horse or ox in a team, in distinction from the nigh or near horse or ox; the off leg.

  • Off (adjective)

    Designating a time when one is not strictly attentive to business or affairs, or is absent from his post, and, hence, a time when affairs are not urgent; as, he took an off day for fishing: an off year in politics.

  • Off (adjective)

    Designating a time when one's performance is below normal; as, he had an off day.

  • Off (noun)

    The side of the field that is on the right of the wicket keeper.

Webster Dictionary
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  • Away (adjective)

    distant in either space or time;

    "the town is a mile away"

    "a country far away"

    "the game is a week away"

  • Away (adjective)

    not present; having left;

    "he's away right now"

    "you must not allow a stranger into the house when your mother is away"

    "everyone is gone now"

    "the departed guests"

  • Away (adjective)

    used of an opponent's ground;

    "an away game"

  • Away (adjective)

    (of a baseball pitch) on the far side of home plate from the batter;

    "the pitch was away (or wide)"

    "an outside pitch"

  • Away (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"

  • Away (adverb)

    from one's possession;

    "he gave out money to the poor"

    "gave away the tickets"

  • Away (adverb)

    out of the way (especially away from one's thoughts);

    "brush the objections aside"

    "pushed all doubts away"

  • Away (adverb)

    out of existence;

    "the music faded away"

    "tried to explain away the affair of the letter"

    "idled the hours away"

    "her fingernails were worn away"

  • 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"

  • Away (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"

  • Away (adverb)

    so as to be removed or gotten rid of;

    "cleared the mess away"

    "the rotted wood had to be cut away"

  • Away (adverb)

    freely or at will;

    "fire away!"

  • Away (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"

  • Away (adverb)

    in a different direction;

    "turn aside"

    "turn away one's face"

    "glanced away"

  • Away (adverb)

    in reserve; not for immediate use;

    "started setting aside money to buy a car"

    "put something by for her old age"

    "has a nestegg tucked away for a rainy day"

  • Off (adjective)

    not in operation or operational;

    "the oven is off"

    "the lights are off"

  • Off (adjective)

    below a satisfactory level;

    "an off year for tennis"

    "his performance was off"

  • Off (adjective)

    (of events) no longer planned or scheduled;

    "the wedding is definitely off"

  • Off (adjective)

    in an unpalatable state;

    "sour milk"

  • Off (adjective)

    not performing or scheduled for duties;

    "He's off every Tuesday"

    "he was off duty when it happened"

    "an off-duty policeman"

  • Off (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"

  • Off (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"

  • Off (adverb)

    no longer on or in contact or attached;

    "clean off the dirt"

    "he shaved off his mustache"

Princeton's WordNet

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