under way

adverb

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 and Etymology of under way

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


First Known Use: 1720



UNDER WAY Defined for English Language Learners

under way

adverb

Definition of under way for English Language Learners

  • : in or into motion

  • : happening now



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