1

underway

adjective un·der·way \ ˌən-dər-ˈwā \
|Updated on: 15 Jul 2018

Definition of underway

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

First Known Use of underway

1743

in the meaning defined above

See Words from the same year
NEW! Time Traveler

2

underway

adverb under·way
variants: or less commonly under way

Definition of underway

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

Examples of underway 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.

Recent Examples of underway from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'underway.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of underway

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

underway Synonyms

Synonyms

afoot, under weigh;

Near Antonyms

deferred, delayed, postponed;

suspended;



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up underway? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

peaceful, happy, or prosperous

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Test Your Emoji Exceptionalism

  • test-your-emoji-exceptionalism-written-with-a-lot-of-emoji
  • What is this emoji intended to represent: 🤳
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!