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
Recent Examples on the Web A few months after its completion, however, the songs underwent a drastic metamorphosis thanks to her deciding to add string arrangements from Ben Babbitt and Jherek Bischoff, as well as production help from John Congleton. Dan Hyman, chicagotribune.com, "Angel Olsen’s sonic fever dream ‘All Mirrors’ is what you need in your life right now," 7 Nov. 2019 In 2016, the center underwent a massive renovation and expansion, costing developers Macerich $250 million dollars, according to the Mercury News. Flora Tsapovsky, SFChronicle.com, "Why is Walnut Creek the best-dressed spot in the Bay Area?," 6 Nov. 2019 The 13-time European champions are undergoing a mini-period of transition under Zinedine Zidane after a disappointing season last year, and are looking to revitalise their midfield. SI.com, "Real Madrid Make Contact With Fabian Ruiz Over Potential Transfer From Napoli," 6 Nov. 2019 All of the injured are undergoing medical treatment in hospital, according to a statement released by a spokesman for the public security directorate in Jordan. Kareem Khadder, Caroline Faraj And Patrick Oppmann, CNN, "Holidaymakers among 8 injured during knife attack in Jordan," 6 Nov. 2019 In 2009, when it was known as Innova Hospital, the hospital underwent an expansion that increased the number of rooms by five to nine and added a nurses station and a waiting area. Patrick Danner, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio hospital, 2 clinics and operator enter bankruptcy," 4 Nov. 2019 Jeremy Roloff, formerly of Little People, Big World, recently underwent hernia surgery. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Audrey Roloff Gives Fans an Important Update on Jeremy After His Surgery," 4 Nov. 2019 Mostly shuttered since the late 1970s, Union Depot underwent a two-year, $243 million renovation that wrapped up in 2012, which forced Christos to shut down for about five months. Nick Woltman, Twin Cities, "Latest Union Depot restaurant to sublet, citing disappointing revenues," 4 Nov. 2019 Diagnosed in 2010, Stacey underwent 17 weeks of chemotherapy, and surgery. Mike Anthony, courant.com, "Mike Anthony: Bristol Central sophomore Donovan Clingan, a top basketball prospect with a scholarship offer from UConn, has grown through a family’s unimaginable heartbreak," 3 Nov. 2019

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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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“Undergo.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undergoes. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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