part·​way | \ˈpärt-ˈwā \

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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However, surgeons were forced to stop partway through the procedure because Gus lost too much blood, Barbosa said. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Texas dog found with shoelace embedded in neck, severely swollen head, saved by animal rescue," 6 Sep. 2018 And Lord and Miller were removed partway through their shoot, replaced by Ron Howard, whose track record as a broadly appealing and studiously vanilla Hollywood director made clear what the studio was after. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Solo: A Star Wars Story is the safest, most forgettable Star Wars movie," 24 May 2018 The leopard jumped partway into the vehicle, scratched the leg of the tourist, and pawed and bit at his shoe. Richie Hertzberg, National Geographic, "Leopard's 'Playful' Bite Could Have Dangerous Consequences," 21 May 2018 One passenger, Jennifer Riordan, died after suffering fatal injuries when she was sucked partway through a window that was shattered by shrapnel from the engine explosion. Katie Reilly, Time, "Southwest Pilot Speaks Out For the First Time Since Her 'Heroic' Emergency Landing," 9 May 2018 For one, the duchess walked down the aisle alone, until she was met partway by Prince Charles, Prince Harry’s father. Jenny Gross, WSJ, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding Gives British Pageantry a Modern Glow," 19 May 2018 Like the film itself, directed by Ron Howard (who took over partway through for Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who left over creative differences with Lucasfilm), Ehrenreich starts out slowly. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "'Solo: A Star Wars Story' is good but inessential," 15 May 2018 For a bud vase, cut the top off a large water bottle and fill it partway, then insert an object to create a hollow (a cardboard tube sealed with tape works perfectly), and add more mix. Martha Stewart, star-telegram, "DIY projects: elegant table linens, instant art, winning storage solutions and more | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 27 Apr. 2018 And though the pilot was able to guide the aircraft to safety, passenger Jennifer Riordan, 43, suffered fatal injuries when she was sucked partway through a window that had shattered as a result of the explosion. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "'No One Can Take Her From My Heart.' Husband of Southwest Airlines Victim Remembers His Wife," 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of partway

1822, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of partway

: at a distance or time that is between two points

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to make faulty or ineffective

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