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 West was reportedly transported to a hospital by helicopter and was in stable condition but undergoing further assessment of his condition. Fox News, "Allen West, former Florida congressman, injured in motorcycle crash: reports," 24 May 2020 They will be required to undergo temperature checks and wear masks. CBS News, "Beaches brace for Memorial Day weekend crowds amid pandemic: "We really don't know what to expect"," 22 May 2020 Officials noted most inmates undergoing testing are in single man cells. Jacob Beltran, ExpressNews.com, "Coronavirus numbers are down at Bexar County jail; deputies continue targeted operations on Northeast Side," 22 May 2020 The Timbers announced Wednesday that Asprilla had undergone arthroscopic surgery in his left knee to repair a complex tear in his medial meniscus. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "Portland Timbers winger Dairon Asprilla out 5-6 months after undergoing knee surgery," 21 May 2020 Orange Theory, which is also closed, will have its employees wear gloves and masks and undergo daily temperature checks. Crystal Hill, The Indianapolis Star, "What Stage 3 reopening plan means for gyms, fitness studios in Indiana," 20 May 2020 At St Peter's Basilica, worshippers will be required to undergo temperature checks, and wear masks, while priests will don gloves during communion. Eliza Mackintosh, CNN, "What you need to know about coronavirus on Monday, May 18," 18 May 2020 When flights resume, passengers will be required to undergo temperature checks and must wear face masks while onboard. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "Ryanair Intends to Resume Flights to 80 European Destinations by July 1," 14 May 2020 All concert goers will be required to wear masks and undergo temperature checks upon entries. cleveland, "Concert of the future: Is this what live music will look in age of social distancing?," 7 May 2020

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First Known Use of undergo

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of undergo was in the 14th century

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26 May 2020

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“Undergo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undergo. Accessed 27 May. 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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