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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.
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(ˈʌn dərˌweɪ, -ˈweɪ)

1. occurring while under way.
2. (of a ship) no longer in port or at anchor; moving.
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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"
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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.
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[ˌʌndəˈweɪ] adj to be underwayessere in corso
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n. en camino; bajo estudio.
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References in classic literature ?
Before I could come to anchor he had got underway. It was a great pity.
She said she'd chartered the Emily, and was sailing as soon as I could get the Flibberty underway. It struck me that her gammon was reasonable enough, and I agreed to pull out for Berande right O, and get your orders to go along to Poonga-Poonga.
You think you have mastered it, but just as you get well underway in following, it turns a back-somersault and there you are.
The raid is underway at Dharwad, Belagavi, Dandeli and two more locations in the state.
Further investigation into the incident in underway.
Deputy Commissioner Sukkur Ghulam Murtaza Shaikh told that urban water supply and drainage schemes were underway in Sukkur district while work of 28 rural water supply and 18 drainage schemes was underway while total 127 different schemes were underway in Sukkur out of which 61 schemes would be completed up to the month of June.
A case has been registered against the arrested persons and further investigation is underway.
AIG (Operations) said that reforms in police is underway after assumption of charge by Mohammad Aamir Zulfiqar as IGP Islamabad and effective policing measures have been planned against criminal activities.
He said the operation against illegal constructions and encroachments was underway in pursuance of apex court orders.
"Our target is to get this project underway in 2019, which will boost tourism in the area and will also be lovely for locals to use as well," George Stylianou.
The minister also stated that investigations were underway against 314 people, of which 27 are politicians, 54 are businessmen, 74 top civil servants and 159 others.
?Consultations regarding the name of Chief Minister (CM) Punjab is underway; however when any name is decided, people will be informed through media?, he held.