[uhn-der-wey for 1; uhn-der-wey for 2]


occurring while under way: the underway activities on a cruise ship.

Origin of underway

1735–45; adj. use of the adverbial phrase under way; see way1
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Related Words for underway

ongoing, afoot, begun, initiated, moving, undertaken, advancing, commenced

Examples from the Web for underway

Contemporary Examples of underway

Historical Examples of underway

  • In fact, a movement is now underway to raise the means to do that.

    The Story of the Mormons

    William Alexander Linn

  • Now then, how quickly can our assistance to you get underway?


    Dallas McCord Reynolds

  • He remained on board the Pinola and the two vessels then got underway, the Pinola leading.

  • The preparations for the throwing of the sixteen pound hammer were now underway.

  • It is a natural process which has been underway from the beginning of the living world.

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