part·​way ˈpärt-ˈwā How to pronounce partway (audio)
: to some extent : partially, partly
: at a point in the way or distance
partway through the trip they met some friends

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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Word History

First Known Use

1822, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of partway was in 1822

Cite this Entry

“Partway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


part·​way ˈpärt-ˈwā How to pronounce partway (audio)
: to a part of a distance
followed us partway home
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