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

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 Wells suffered a severe elbow injury in the middle of the 2021 CrossFit Games during a heavy barbell snatch, which forced her to withdraw from the competition and undergo Tommy John Surgery. Gabrielle Kassel, Men's Health, 8 Aug. 2022 The law also requires that mail-in ballots undergo signature verification, a time-intensive process in which the signatures on ballot envelopes are compared to voters' on-file signatures to verify authenticity, according to Gilbertson. Ali Swenson And Josh Kelety, The Arizona Republic, 6 Aug. 2022 In his interview with Axelrod, Legend emphasized the devastating experiences of patients who undergo late-term abortions. Zoe Sottile, CNN, 6 Aug. 2022 That’s not to say the car didn’t undergo some changes over that time. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 4 Aug. 2022 Bueckers sustained the injury to her left knee during a pickup game Monday and will undergo surgery Friday at UConn Health, according to a team release. Joe Arruda, Hartford Courant, 4 Aug. 2022 UConn said Bueckers will undergo surgery on Friday at UConn Health in Farmington. Pat Eaton-robb, BostonGlobe.com, 3 Aug. 2022 Anna Lingeris, brand publicity lead at the Hershey Company, told The Washington Post that dedicated taste testers undergo six months of training to identify specific tastes as part of Hershey’s research and development team. Sammy Westfall, Washington Post, 2 Aug. 2022 Mora, 28, will undergo cartilage restoration surgery on the same knee Wednesday after experiencing additional symptoms, the Timbers announced Monday. oregonlive, 1 Aug. 2022 See More

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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 14 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for undergo


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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