undergo

verb
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

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The Damasukasu steelmakers borrowed the method in which Samurai swords are made, resulting in these blades undergoing 120 hours of completion. Popular Mechanics, "These Laser-Sharp Japanese Knives Are a Kitchen Staple," 14 Mar. 2019 Ultimately, Ohashi decided to retire from elite gymnastics to become a college athlete, and underwent surgery for a fractured back and two torn shoulders in 2014. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "I'm Obsessed With UCLA Gymnast Katelyn Ohashi," 14 Jan. 2019 Meanwhile, the brain-computer interface project is now operating out of Facebook Reality Labs, a division created back in May when Facebook underwent a substantial reorganization. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Facebook fractures its secretive hardware division," 14 Dec. 2018 This region is one of many undergoing a renaissance right now, where the next generation is coming on board making more exciting wines than ever before. Laura Giannatempo, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Wine to Pair With Turkey, According to Wine Experts," 15 Nov. 2018 Keneseth Eliyahoo is still an Orthodox synagogue serving today’s much smaller community of Mumbai Jews (and is currently undergoing renovations). Leslie Camhi, ELLE Decor, "Inside the World's Most Beautiful Synagogues," 5 Nov. 2018 The grey interior is spotless, while the black paint has undergone a 60 hour correction and looks as perfect as possible. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "1987 Buick Grand National parked since 1991 up for auction with 74 miles on it," 25 Sep. 2018 An American woman killed after a boat exploded Saturday in the Bahamas has been identified by her family, while another American woman underwent a double leg amputation after suffering severe injuries in the blast. Eli Meixler, Time, "One American Was Killed and Another Underwent a Double Leg Amputation After a Boat Exploded in the Bahamas," 3 July 2018 Many were worried this past December, when it was announced that the 85-year-old Supreme Court Justice had undergone surgery to remove cancerous growths in her lung. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "RBG Filmmakers Report That Ruth Bader Ginsburg Is "Strong and Cheerful"," 22 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of undergo

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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undergo

verb

English Language Learners Definition of undergo

: to experience or endure (something)

undergo

verb
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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