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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Away \A*way"\, adv. [AS. aweg, anweg, onweg; on on + weg way.] 1. From a place; hence. [1913 Webster] The sound is going away. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Have me away, for I am sore wounded. --2 Chron. xxxv. 23. [1913 Webster] 2. Absent; gone; at a distance; as, the master is away from home. [1913 Webster] 3. Aside; off; in another direction. [1913 Webster] The axis of rotation is inclined away from the sun. --Lockyer. [1913 Webster] 4. From a state or condition of being; out of existence. [1913 Webster] Be near me when I fade away. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster] 5. By ellipsis of the verb, equivalent to an imperative: Go or come away; begone; take away. [1913 Webster] And the Lord said . . . Away, get thee down. --Exod. xix. 24. [1913 Webster] 6. On; in continuance; without intermission or delay; as, sing away. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] Note: 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. [1913 Webster] Away with, bear, abide. [Obs. or Archaic] "The calling of assemblies, I can not away with." (--Isa. i. 13), i. e., "I can not bear or endure [it]." Away with one, signifies, take him away. "Away with him, crucify him." --John xix. 15. To make away with. (a) To kill or destroy. (b) To carry off. [1913 Webster]