Definition of underway in English:


Syllabification: un·der·way
Pronunciation: /ˌəndərˈwā
(also under way)


  • 1Having started and in progress; being done or carried out: the remodeling should be underway by July
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    • It feels great to get under a hot shower and snuggle in my cozy cabin as the large vessel gets underway.
    • There were no guard rails, so working on the decks while underway must have been hazardous.
  • 2(Of a boat) moving through the water: the ship was so huge and silent, I hadn’t realized we had gotten underway
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    • The project is already underway, with work due to be completed by early next year.
    • The public consultation exercise on the new plans is already underway and carries on until November.
    • Full details of the project will emerge during the design process which is now underway.


mid 18th century (as a nautical term): from Dutch onderweg.

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