underway

adjective
un·der·way | \ˌən-dər-ˈwā \

Definition of underway 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: occurring, performed, or used while traveling or in motion underway replenishment of fuel

underway

adverb
under·way
variants: or less commonly under way

Definition of underway (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : in motion : not at anchor or aground

2 : into motion from a standstill

3 : in progress : afoot preparations were underway the season got underway with a bang

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Synonyms for underway

Synonyms: Adverb

afoot, under weigh

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Examples of underway in a Sentence

Adverb

The train has had to stop briefly, but it should be under way again soon. Preparations for their arrival are already under way.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Recovery efforts are still under way for one of these young men. PEOPLE.com, "Two Teens Found Dead in Georgia Creek Five Days After They Went Missing," 6 June 2018 But they’ve never been studied with the process still under way, before planets have a chance to migrate and rearrange themselves. Joshua Sokol, WIRED, "These Spinning Disks of Gas and Dust Reveal How Planets Get Made," 28 May 2018 Lawsuits are still under way against USA Gymnastics and the US Olympic Committee. Eric Levenson, CNN, "Michigan State University reaches $500 million settlement with Larry Nassar victims," 16 May 2018 Moon and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are to meet at a border village in late April, when the South Korea-U.S. drills would likely be still under way. Washington Post, "S. Korea leader sees more obstacles ahead to disarm N. Korea," 8 Mar. 2018 Moon and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are to meet at a border village in late April, when the South Korea-U.S. drills would likely be still under way. BostonGlobe.com, "South Korean president warns of further obstacles to disarming North Korea," 8 Mar. 2018 Moon and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are to meet at a border village in late April, when the South Korea-U.S. drills would likely be still under way. Hyung-jin Kim, chicagotribune.com, "South Korea leader sees more obstacles ahead to disarm North Korea," 7 Mar. 2018 Location: Scarsdale, New York Price: $2,990,000 A preservation battle is under way in Scarsdale, New York, located about 25 miles north of Manhattan. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "Midcentury home by Frank Lloyd Wright disciple asks $3M," 2 July 2018 That effort is under way in Warsaw, along with deploying electric buses. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "BP invests in fast-charging electric vehicle technology," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of underway

Adjective

1743, in the meaning defined above

Adverb

1720, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for underway

Adverb

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

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The first known use of underway was in 1720

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