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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. 2015.
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Examples from the web for underway
  • There are big changes underway in how kids across the country are learning math.
  • Model education, social, and environment programs are underway with support from multilateral development organizations.
  • Around the country, ecotourism efforts are underway targeting specific needs.
  • Now a new study is underway to see if nuclear fission can be an alternative.
  • Opposition from local landowners was fierce when the hydro program was getting underway.
  • Limited testing of neural implants in severely paralyzed patients has been underway for the last five years.
  • At the same time, it seems likely that projects funded through the federal stimulus package will get underway this year.
  • Current dynamics could change, a lot, as the campaign gets fully underway.
  • The fascinating thing is that he looks the same even with this cultural and generational tumult underway all around him.
  • But everywhere else a real debate seems to be underway.
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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