Definition of under way in English:

under way

(also underway)

adverb

  • 1Having started and in progress; being done or carried out.

    ‘recruitment is well under way’
    • ‘A turnaround now seems to be well under way.’
    • ‘At the time of this writing, the DNA analysis of the hairs we collected is still under way.’
    • ‘At one end of this area, a massive building project has been underway for the best part of 20 years.’
    • ‘With the Cold War now well under way, nuclear-weapons development became a high national priority.’
    • ‘Congress initially provided $500,000, and work slowly got under way.’
    • ‘Tonight, a manhunt is under way in West Virginia.’
    • ‘An FBI investigation into the security breach is underway, but has yet to result in any arrests.’
    • ‘A massive cleanup effort is under way along much of the East Coast.’
    • ‘Last year, his diocese had $50 million worth of projects under way.’
    • ‘The project is already underway, with work due to be completed by early next year.’
    • ‘The final phase in the development of the historic Gravesend town pier is underway.’
    • ‘The doctors' surgery will house five GPs, and moves are underway to recruit a sixth.’
    • ‘Work on the realization of the project is under way.’
    • ‘Final preparations for the evening's festivities were under way.’
    • ‘An influx of gold miners to Omeo was under way in 1852.’
    • ‘In California, there's an initiative under way to amend the state constitution.’
    • ‘Planning is already under way for next year's Summer Exhibition.’
    • ‘Discussions are still underway between the unions and those two employers.’
    • ‘An effort is now under way to establish a methodical breeding program in the hope of creating a healthy captive population.’
    • ‘By October 1766, the work was well under way.’
    in progress, under way, going on, continuing, happening, occurring, taking place, proceeding, being done, being worked on, being performed, current, extant, existing, existent, progressing, advancing, evolving, growing, developing
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  • 2(of a boat) moving through the water.

    ‘no time was lost in getting under way’
    • ‘This ship sank while underway, and now rests on its starboard side.’
    • ‘There were no guard rails, so working on the decks while underway must have been hazardous.’
    • ‘You'll have plenty of time to prove yourself to the crew once we get under way.’
    • ‘One of the most dangerous operations is to board a ship underway.’
    • ‘It feels great to get under a hot shower and snuggle in my cozy cabin as the large vessel gets underway.’
    • ‘By the time the ship got underway at midnight, the cruise had been canceled entirely.’
    moving, on the move, going, travelling, not at rest, running, functioning, operational
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

under way

/ˌʌndə ˈweɪ/