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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To earn the certification, the utilities would have to undergo a review process each year, tie executive compensation to safety performance and establish a wildfire safety committee on their boards of directors. San Diego Union-Tribune, "California lawmakers race to pass wildfire legislation by July 12," 4 July 2019 In New York City, the USS Intrepid saw a bump in tourists after undergoing several renovations from 2006-2008 and acquiring the space shuttle Enterprise in 2011. Fox News, "Naval warships, faced with steep maintenance costs, fight to survive," 3 July 2019 After undergoing a partial mastectomy and radiation treatment, Hammonds-Blakely, continued her studies and even went to prom. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "The Know Your Girls Campaign Wants Black Women To Advocate For Their Breast Health," 2 July 2019 The park today has only 32 rangers working or undergoing the hiring process, down from 37 rangers 20 years ago. Karen Chávez, USA TODAY, "Death on the trail: More Americans visit national parks, but fewer rangers on patrol," 29 June 2019 Second-year forward Chimezie Metu will sit out the Salt Lake City Summer League next week after undergoing what a team spokesman called a minor procedure to drain an abscess on his right foot. Tom Orsborn, ExpressNews.com, "Foot issue sidelines Spurs’ Chimezie Metu," 28 June 2019 To get Stalingrad published, Grossman underwent a three-year editorial process so nightmarish that the book exists in twelve distinct versions. Aaron Lake Smith, Harper's magazine, "The Trials of Vasily Grossman," 24 June 2019 Each electrical utility would have to undergo an annual review process and earn a safety certification before the start of next year’s wildfire season in order to tap the wildfire fund. Taryn Luna, latimes.com, "To reduce wildfires and save utilities, Newsom wants $10.5 billion from ratepayers," 21 June 2019 Surgeons at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio say a baby girl was born healthy after undergoing the hospital's first-ever fetal surgery for spina bifida. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Cleveland Clinic performs its first fetal surgery to repair spina bifida," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of undergo

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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