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under way

adjective, adverb
Also, underway. (of a ship) no longer in port, at anchor, etc.; moving.
no longer at rest, stationary, etc.; in motion; traveling:
We'll put our bags in the car and be under way.
proceeding; in progress:
Plans are under way to sell the company. Unabridged
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  • Something similar seems to be under way in the area of technology.
  • We see that process getting under way around two million years ago but becoming more pronounced around a half a million years ago.
  • Eight difficult years of negotiations were under way.
  • One that's still under way is the emergence of a variety of precision weapons, and also coupling them with sensors.
  • One and a half years after his suicide, a fight is under way over both his physical estate and his spiritual legacy.
  • under way in this country is no less than a redefinition of what it means to drive a car.
  • They got the project under way in a fine flurry of flag-waving and transcendental pop-science rants.
  • But initial trials are under way while they stake out intellectual property rights.
  • Some suggested ideas, made by bloggers, were in fact initiatives well under way.
  • Retreating glaciers, rising seas, and shrinking lakes are some of the global changes already under way.
British Dictionary definitions for under way

under way

adjective (postpositive)
in progress; in operation: the show was under way
(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 ]
Already started, in progress, as in Plans are under way to expand. [ c. 1930 ]
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