part·​way | \ ˈpärt-ˈwā How to pronounce partway (audio) \

Definition of partway

1 : to some extent : partially, partly
2 : at a point in the way or distance partway through the trip they met some friends

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Examples of partway in a Sentence

I was partway to school when I realized I had forgotten my book. Partway down the mountain, he sprained his ankle. The team got a new coach partway through the season. They met up with some friends partway through the trip.
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Recent Examples on the Web Electric cars only take us partway down the road to AutoTech, however. Daniel Yergin, WSJ, "How Electric, Self-Driving Cars and Ride-Hailing Will Transform the Car Industry," 23 Apr. 2021 Like in Miami Beach, a DOT project in Hollywood was also gummed up when the state agency realized partway through that high sea levels posed more of a threat than anticipated. Mario Ariza,, "Miles of Florida roads face ‘major problem’ from sea rise. Is state moving fast enough?," 19 Mar. 2021 But partway through the project, engineers discovered that the city’s alarms about how close saltwater was to the bottom of the road were true, and FDOT switched to a newer, more salt-resistant material. Mario Ariza,, "Miles of Florida roads face ‘major problem’ from sea rise. Is state moving fast enough?," 19 Mar. 2021 Republicans are bragging that their success in redrawing favorable congressional boundaries through redistricting has already moved them partway to winning back a majority of seats. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Biden scored a win on COVID relief, but the battle for hearts and minds is far from over," 14 Mar. 2021 Four years later, the corpse of Rilo Kiley came partway back to life when Sennett sat in with Jenny Lewis at Coachella. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, "Flashback: Rilo Kiley Play ‘Portions for Foxes’ on Final Tour in 2008," 11 Mar. 2021 Last year, the onset of the coronavirus pandemic prompted the Forest Service to stop issuing long-distance PCT permits partway through the season. Gregory Thomas, San Francisco Chronicle, "Dangers of hiking Pacific Crest Trail loom as 2021 season approaches," 21 Feb. 2021 Some European offices opened partway through 2020, only to close again as COVID infections surged on the continent later in the year. Claire Hastwell, Fortune, "How Adobe is planning its employees’ return to the office," 14 Jan. 2021 According to investigation testimony, taller and heavier Tellurides were swapped for subcompact Hyundai Accent and Kia Forte cars partway through the ship's journey. Andrew Lawrence, Car and Driver, "Cargo Ship Traded Subcompacts for Kia Tellurides before Capsizing," 9 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of partway

1822, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of partway was in 1822

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5 May 2021

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“Partway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of partway

: at a distance or time that is between two points

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