Definition of under way in English:

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under way

Pronunciation: /ˌʌndə ˈweɪ/
(also underway)


1Having started and in progress; being done or carried out: recruitment is well under way
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  • The project is already underway, with work due to be completed by early next year.
  • At one end of this area, a massive building project has been underway for the best part of 20 years.
  • The doctors' surgery will house five GPs, and moves are underway to recruit a sixth.
2(Of a boat) moving through the water: no time was lost in getting under way
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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.
  • One of the most dangerous operations is to board a ship underway.


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

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