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under way

adverb

Simple Definition of under way

  • : in or into motion

  • : happening now

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of under way

  1. 1 :  in motion :  not at anchor or aground

  2. 2 :  into motion from a standstill

  3. 3 :  in progress :  afoot <preparations were under way> <the season got under way with a bang>

Examples of under way in a sentence

  1. The train has had to stop briefly, but it should be under way again soon.

  2. Preparations for their arrival are already under way.



Origin of under way

probably from Dutch onderweg, from Middle Dutch onderwegen, literally, under or among the ways


First Known Use: 1720




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