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1. In motion or operation.
2. Already commenced or initiated; in progress.
3. Nautical Neither anchored nor moored to a fixed object.

un′der·way′ adv.


(ˈʌn dərˌweɪ, -ˈweɪ)

1. occurring while under way.
2. (of a ship) no longer in port or at anchor; moving.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.underway - currently in progressunderway - currently in progress; "there is mischief afoot"; "plans are afoot"; "preparations for the trial are underway"
current - occurring in or belonging to the present time; "current events"; "the current topic"; "current negotiations"; "current psychoanalytic theories"; "the ship's current position"


adjective in progress, going on, started, begun, in business, in motion, in operation, afoot An investigation is underway to find out how the disaster happened.


[ˌʌndəˈweɪ] adj to be underwayessere in corso


n. en camino; bajo estudio.
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She said she'd chartered the Emily, and was sailing as soon as I could get the Flibberty underway.
You think you have mastered it, but just as you get well underway in following, it turns a back-somersault and there you are.
44 billion were underway and departments concerned had been directed for their timely completion.
A flag-hoisting ceremony was underway in Shangaon Mondayin PZA School, where two students were killed due to short circuiting.
2 trillion worth underway there (87 per cent of the MENA total).
Now, with the help of Tehran University, a research project to build a drone for aerial photography to make technical maps is underway," said Ilkhan, adding, "The underway project's results will be finalized in the next few months.
He also pointed out that work is underway to prepare the studies and the designs to construct two flyovers, the first on Al Ribat crossroad with Al Nama road near Hamdan hospital and the other in front of Um Al Ghawarif roundabout.
Work is underway also to study some proposals to improve the traffic movements in the city roads including construction of a lane at Al Nahdha Tower roundabout at Al Ribat road to allow access to the right towards the Airport road.
At the same time, we will keep our vibrant investment group in Greenwich, where Antares is undertaking two major condominium conversions and where additional luxury residential development is now underway.
With the 2006 elections coming up, planning is well underway here at the LWVUS.
Public/private sector initiatives are on stream in Barbados, with projects such as the Pier Head Development in Bridgetown underway, Dr.
Sharon Murdock, executive director of SMTAB, says the effort first got underway in Sudbury about three to four years ago when the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) held a three-day training program for those interested in business retention and expansion.