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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The league had already undergone a stylistic shift: The logos of teams like the Milwaukee Bucks, the Phoenix Suns, and the Atlanta Hawks all were conceptually redesigns, an artistic makeover led by O’Grady. Matt Giles, Longreads, "How the Toronto Raptors and the Vancouver Grizzlies Revived the NBA," 8 June 2019 Another teacher was docked pay while undergoing a liver transplant even though his colleagues gave him their own sick time — because the city school district is using a strict interpretation of the state law, Heather Knight reports. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: They want to save their brother. But they can’t get visas.," 7 June 2019 The rapid implosion of a deal that was intended to secure the futures of both carmakers as the industry undergoes fundamental change is a huge blow for its architects. The Economist, "A merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Renault is no more," 6 June 2019 Later in the day, a city employee reported that a finalist has been identified for the program director’s job and is undergoing background checks. oregonlive.com, "Judge wants some proof that Portland’s new community approach to police oversight is effective," 6 June 2019 In the past few seasons, as the Connecticut Sun underwent a complete overhaul featuring a new head coach, general manager and vice president, there’s been one constant. Kelli Stacy, courant.com, "Alyssa Thomas could be the Connecticut Sun’s key to a WNBA championship," 6 June 2019 But while cosmetic and service updates might be expected when a restaurant renovates, Tempe Public Market Cafe is also undergoing an unexpected change in leadership. Samantha Incorvaia, azcentral, "Renovated Tempe Public Market Cafe reopening without co-owner and chef Aaron Chamberlin," 6 June 2019 Linda Rosenthal, a Manhattan Democrat and the bill’s sponsor, said the declawing of cats is unnecessary, painful and causes problems for felines that undergo the procedure. Kim Chatelain, nola.com, "New York poised to become the 1st state to ban cat declawing: report," 5 June 2019 Maulding said the officers were able to detain a suspect who is undergoing questioning. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al.com, "Gunfire in east Birmingham leaves 1 dead, 1 injured, 1 detained," 5 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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