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ˈʌn dərˌweɪ, -ˈweɪun·der·way

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. afoot(p), underwayadjective

    currently in progress

    "there is mischief afoot"; "plans are afoot"; "preparations for the trial are underway"


  1. underwaynoun

    a road, track, path, or street for going under another way or obstacle

  2. underwaynoun

    an underground passage, tunnel

  3. underwaynoun

    a voyage, especially underwater

  4. underwaynoun

    (computer science) subroutine

  5. underwayadverb

    in motion, in progress; being done or carried out


  1. Underway

    Underway, or Under Way is a nautical term describing the state of a vessel. A vessel is said to be underway if it meets the following criteria: ⁕It is not aground ⁕It is not at anchor ⁕It has not been made fast to a dock, the shore, or other stationary object. If a vessel is adrift and not being propelled by any instrument or device, it is said to be underway, not making way. The concept of whether a vessel is or is not underway has important legal ramifications. For example, in many jurisdictions a child must be wearing a personal flotation device at the time the vessel is underway.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of underway in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of underway in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of underway in a Sentence

  1. Chief Executive John Watson:

    Multiple efforts to improve future earnings and cash flows are underway.

  2. Chipiliro Khamula:

    A total of 45,312 households (approximately 226,560 people) have been affected and assessments to establish the extent of the damage in all the 14 affected districts are underway.

  3. Craig Erlam:

    Greece may be easing us into the quieter summer months, however there is still plenty to focus on in the markets, with commodities grabbing plenty of attention, meanwhile, earnings season is also well underway and could prove key in determining whether we will see rate hikes this year and companies attempt to weather the strong dollar storm.

  4. Michael Smith:

    I want to be very clear that Domnguez’s forthcoming retirement does not change the full and fair process of review that is currently underway, he remains on administrative leave until it is concluded.

  5. Jake Sullivan:

    My team needs a clear picture of our force posture around the world and our operations to deter our enemies, we need full visibility into the budget planning underway at the Defense Department and other agencies in order to avoid any window of confusion or catch-up that our adversaries may try to exploit.

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    separate or cut with a tool, such as a sharp instrument
    • A. cleave
    • B. abduct
    • C. summon
    • D. transpire

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