underway

adjective
un·​der·​way | \ ˌən-dər-ˈwā How to pronounce underway (audio) \

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.

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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