un·der·go | \ ˌən-dər-ˈgō \
underwent\ˌən-dər-ˈwent \; undergone\ˌən-dər-ˈgȯn also-ˈgän \; undergoing\ˌən-dər-ˈgō-iŋ, -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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In Cleveland, a franchise undergoing a transformation with the exit of LeBron James, there's room for Mathias to slot in. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Purdue rookies Isaac Haas, Vincent Edwards, Dakota Mathias attempt to find footing at NBA summer league," 9 July 2018 As tends to happen with falling in love, the change can be as mysterious for those undergoing the transformation as those watching it from the outside. refinery29.com, "R.O. Kwon's The Incendiaries Gives A Glimpse Into A Cult's Magnetic Pull," 6 July 2018 American Airlines officials added in the statement that all employees undergo a criminal background check. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "American Airlines employee arrested at Charlotte airport with stolen gun, police say," 4 July 2018 There’s new construction everywhere, including at the Cavs’ Quicken Loans Arena, currently undergoing a $140 million renovation. Tom Withers, The Seattle Times, "Down town: Cleveland hurting after LeBron chooses LA, Lakers," 2 July 2018 The rapid and very recent changes undergone by (Uber) lead me to conclude that a shorter period will enable TFL to test out the new arrangements,’’ the judge wrote in her ruling. Danica Kirka, BostonGlobe.com, "Uber wins back license in London — but is put on probation," 26 June 2018 On June 15, the administration said that $34 billion worth of Chinese goods will be subject to tariffs starting July 6, with an additional $16 billion worth of products undergoing further review and public hearings. Zeeshan Aleem, Vox, "Trump is about to escalate his trade war with China," 26 June 2018 Over the next two fiscal years, the city will spend around $4.8 million to provide attorneys to tenants undergoing eviction proceedings beginning Jan. 1. Dominic Fracassa, SFChronicle.com, "SF Mayor-elect Breed names former Supervisor Sean Elsbernd chief of staff," 25 June 2018 And that's the reason that folks undergoing pipe replacement need to continue using filters and bottled water. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Crusader for health of Flint kids keeps up fight to heal lead-poisoned city," 24 June 2018

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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 \
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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alleviating pain or harshness

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