underway

adjective un·der·way \ ˌən-dər-ˈwā \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of underway

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

First Known Use of underway

1743


under way

adverb

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

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of under way

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

under way Synonyms

Synonyms
afoot, under weigh
Near Antonyms
deferred, delayed, postponed; suspended

UNDERWAY 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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