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

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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 May will undergo Tommy John surgery to reconstruct the ligament on May 11 in Los Angeles. Houston Mitchell Assistant Sports Editor, Los Angeles Times, "The Sports Report: Lakers outlast the Denver Nuggets," 4 May 2021 Carter has mostly been absent from public life after a series of health setbacks – including a string of falls that led him to undergo a brain procedure in 2019 – as well as concerns about the pandemic. Courtney Subramanian, USA TODAY, "Biden and first lady Jill Biden meet Jimmy Carter and wife, Rosalynn, during Georgia trip," 30 Apr. 2021 Harper was then taken to a hospital to undergo testing, including a CT scan, according to MLB.com. Nicholas Rice, PEOPLE.com, "Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper Says He 'Feels Good' After Getting Hit by 97 mph Pitch," 29 Apr. 2021 The recovered artifacts will now undergo a six-month restoration by experts at the Vatican Museums. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, "A Treasure Trove of Medieval Artifacts Stolen Over 30 Years Ago Has Just Been Recovered in Italy," 29 Apr. 2021 Several entrance ramps onto I-465 will undergo changes this spring as transportation officials prepare for the biggest stretch of the North Split reconstruction project. Sarah Nelson, The Indianapolis Star, "Some I-465 ramps will close during North Split work, others will have stoplights," 29 Apr. 2021 Nance will undergo treatment and rehabilitation while being evaluated daily. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Larry Nance Jr. fractures right thumb; Status for remainder of season unknown," 26 Apr. 2021 Potential admins now undergo additional training on redlining — or excluding people from certain neighborhoods — and diversity. Washington Post, "‘Buy Nothing’ groups: A place to share goods, services — and gratitude," 22 Apr. 2021 On Tuesday, when she was scheduled to undergo a procedure that would help her breathe, doctors informed her family that lungs had just become available. Jessica Rodriguez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "After battling COVID-19 for months, Milwaukee community leader gets double-lung transplant," 26 Oct. 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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7 May 2021

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“Undergo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undergo. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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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