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Verb

to take away

  1. To remove something and put it in a different place.
    Mother took our plates away and came back with some fruit for us to eat.
  2. To remove something, either material or abstract, so that a person no longer has it.
    The teacher took my mobile phone away until the end of the lesson.
    The new law will take away some important rights from immigrant residents.
  3. To subtract or diminish something.
    If I have five apples and you take away two, how many do I have left?
  4. To leave a memory or impression in one's mind that you think about later.
    I took away the impression that the play was under rehearsed.
  5. (of a person)To make someone leave a place and go somewhere else. Usually not with the person's consent.
    The police took him away for questioning.
    I'm taking you away to the country for a rest. It's for your own good!
  6. (of a person)To prevent, or limit, someone from being somewhere, or from doing something.
    My job takes me away from home most weekends.
    Using the internet so much can take you away from your studies.

Usage notes

All senses are transitive and the object may appear before or after the particle. If the object is a pronoun, then it must be before the particle.

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