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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Starting at $3,800 per night Last year the hotel underwent a multi-million dollar renovation. Hannah Seligson, Town & Country, "The Best Room At...The Ritz Carlton, Naples," 3 May 2019 Advertising The former Texas congressman is now a presidential candidate, undergoing his own, far more elaborate test of character. Will Weissert, The Seattle Times, "The Origin Story: A blind date, a border and Beto O’Rourke," 29 Mar. 2019 The team expects to install the bridge over the red light district’s Oudezijds Achterburgwal, currently undergoing renovations, by mid-2019. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "This 3D-printed steel bridge will be installed over an Amsterdam canal," 23 Oct. 2018 Abby Lee Miller is bracing herself for the side affects of undergoing chemotherapy. Jodi Guglielmi, PEOPLE.com, "Dance Moms' Abby Lee Miller Undergoes More Chemotherapy: 'Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow'," 25 June 2018 The new sport car has been photographed undergoing road tests for months. Bruce Schreiner, The Seattle Times, "GM to reveal next-generation Corvette in July," 12 Apr. 2019 In order to produce champagne's signature bubbles, the wine must undergo a second fermentation in the bottle with a dose of yeast and sugars, but the yeast would leave unappealing sediment in the bottom of the bottle and leave the wine cloudy. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "You Have the Founding Mothers of Champagne to Thank for the Bubbly You Drink Today," 8 Mar. 2019 Animals like the snowshoe hare, found in the boreal forests of Alaska, undergo a seasonal molt from brown in the summer to white in the winter to camouflage with their environment. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Winters are warming faster than summers. These US cities could lose weeks of freezing days by 2050.," 21 Dec. 2018 Before undergoing tests, subjects had to pretreat their skin three days prior and were prohibited from using any moisturizing products. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "The 8 Best Hand Creams to Moisturize Dry, Cracked Hands ASAP," 6 Dec. 2018

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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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