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[uhn-der-wey for 1; uhn-der-wey for 2] /ˈʌn dərˌweɪ for 1; ˈʌn dərˈweɪ for 2/
occurring while under way:
the underway activities on a cruise ship.
under way (def 1).
Origin of underway
1735-45; adj. use of the adverbial phrase under way; see way1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A crash program has been underway to bring electric power to every village, even in the remotest areas.

    Area Handbook for Albania Eugene K. Keefe
  • The preparations for the throwing of the sixteen pound hammer were now underway.

    For the Honor of Randall Lester Chadwick
  • Besides, even if we had a boat, I dont believe we could catch them before the schooner got underway.

    Dave Porter on Cave Island Edward Stratemeyer
  • It is a natural process which has been underway from the beginning of the living world.

  • And once the program was underway, it had been guided with a skill that bordered on genius.

    The Misplaced Battleship Harry Harrison (AKA Henry Maxwell Dempsey)
Word Origin and History for underway

1749, of ships, "having begun to move," from under + way. In reference to projects, activities, etc., it is attested from 1935.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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