Definition of under way in English:

under way

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Pronunciation: /ˌʌndə ˈweɪ
 
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(also underway)

adverb

  • 1Having started and in progress; being done or carried out: recruitment is well 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.
  • 2(Of a boat) moving through the water: no time was lost in getting under way
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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.

Origin

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

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