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under way

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adjective, adverb
  1. Also underway. (of a ship) no longer in port, at anchor, etc.; moving.
  2. no longer at rest, stationary, etc.; in motion; traveling: We'll put our bags in the car and be under way.
  3. proceeding; in progress: Plans are under way to sell the company.
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Related Words for under way

ongoing, afoot, going, proceeding, initiated, working, happening, begun, operational, operative, moving, undertaken, advancing, commenced

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Historical Examples of under way

  • At length, with a joint-dislocating jerk, we again got under-way, only to come to a dead stop a hundred yards further on.

    The Fortunate Isles

    Mary Stuart Boyd

British Dictionary definitions for under way

under way

adjective (postpositive)
  1. in progress; in operationthe show was under way
  2. nautical in motion
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Idioms and Phrases with under way

under way


In motion, as in The ship got under way at noon. [c. 1930]

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Already started, in progress, as in Plans are under way to expand. [c. 1930]

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