[pahrt-wey, -wey]


at or to a part of the way or distance: Shall I walk you partway? I'm already partway home.
in some degree or part; partly; partially: hopes that were only partway realized.

Origin of partway

First recorded in 1855–60; part + way1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of partway

  • Partway through, the perspective shifts to the federal agents investigating them.

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    The Browser

    September 9, 2011

  • The grumblings among his new colleagues prompted Burger to back off, but only partway.

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    Advice for a New Justice

    Seth Stern, Stephen Wermiel

    October 5, 2010

Historical Examples of partway

  • Partway up the little rocky eminence stands an old house, now fast falling to pieces.

    Not Pretty, But Precious

    John Hay, et al.

  • Naked, he walked to the door leading to the balcony and pushed it partway open.

  • They went overhead, more brilliant than the brightest stars, and when partway down to the horizon they suddenly winked out.

    The Pirates of Ersatz

    Murray Leinster

British Dictionary definitions for partway



some of the way; partlyI stopped reading partway through the chapter
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