un·​der·​go | \ ˌən-dər-ˈgō How to pronounce undergo (audio) \
underwent\ ˌən-​dər-​ˈwent How to pronounce underwent (audio) \; undergone\ ˌən-​dər-​ˈgȯn How to pronounce undergone (audio) also  -​ˈgän \; undergoing\ ˌən-​dər-​ˈgō-​iŋ How to pronounce undergoing (audio) , -​ˈgȯ(-​)iŋ \

Definition of undergo

transitive verb

1 : to submit to : endure
2 : to go through : experience undergo a transformation
3 obsolete : undertake
4 obsolete : to partake of

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Examples of undergo in a Sentence

She will have to undergo an operation. some people undergo a complete transformation while away at college
Recent Examples on the Web Every night at closing, the lounges undergo an electrostatic spray to kill any germs on surfaces. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "Delta Is Reopening Sky Club Lounges With New Health Procedures," 2 July 2020 At school, students will be required to wear face coverings, undergo temperature checks, and practice social distancing. Kevin Bessler, Washington Examiner, "Illinois schools prepare for in-class learning despite hesitation from parents," 30 June 2020 Those with negative test results undergo daily screenings and temperature checks, with further testing conducted as needed. Greg Luca, ExpressNews.com, "Roadrunners Athletic Director Lisa Campos discusses UTSA’s response to coronavirus," 25 June 2020 All police shootings also undergo an administrative investigation to determine whether the officer's actions violated department policy. Bree Burkitt, The Arizona Republic, "Mesa police officer charged with aggravated assault in December shooting of unarmed man," 25 June 2020 In Finland, police undergo three years of training, including courses on the use of force. Emma Reynolds, CNN, "Calls are growing to defund police in the US. Here are some lessons from overseas," 24 June 2020 With this amount of time, astronauts might undergo training, scientists could tend to experiments, and engineers could qualify flight hardware. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "NASA asks industry to provide it with greater access to microgravity," 24 June 2020 In Arlington’s police academy, officers undergo a 32-week basic training program and then spend 18 weeks in the field with a veteran officer. Brayden Garcia, Dallas News, "Arlington leaders embrace ‘cutting-edge’ diversity training for officers, reject calls to defund police," 23 June 2020 The players will show up to their home cities for workouts, undergo several days of testing for COVID-19, and begin a three-week training camp starting in early July. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Commissioner Rob Manfred has no choice but to mandate 60-game 2020 MLB season," 22 June 2020

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First Known Use of undergo

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Undergo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undergo. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of undergo

: to experience or endure (something)


un·​der·​go | \ ˌən-dər-ˈgō How to pronounce undergo (audio) \
underwent\ -​ˈwent \; undergone\ -​ˈgȯn \; undergoing\ -​ˈgō-​iŋ \

Kids Definition of undergo

: to experience or endure (something) I have to undergo an operation. He underwent a change of feelings.

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