Definition of under way
1 : in motion : not at anchor or aground
2 : into motion from a standstill
3 : in progress : afoot <preparations were under way> <the season got under way with a bang>
Examples of under way in a sentence
The train has had to stop briefly, but it should be under way again soon.
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
Definition of under way for English Language Learners
: in or into motion
: happening now
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