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 Distribution of food and post-game recovery smoothies will follow NBA health and safety protocols, and chefs will wear personal protection equipment and undergo regular COVID-19 testing. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "'It's game on': NBA bubble food gets new spin thanks to popular master chef Shawn Loving," 7 Aug. 2020 But the attorney general may have to undergo more tests since such a short amount of time had passed following his encounter with the congressman. Fox News, "Attorney General Bill Barr tests negative for coronavirus, 1 day after Rep. Gohmert encounter," 30 July 2020 Vikings veterans, like Odenigbo, are scheduled to undergo three tests in four days upon reporting for camp this week, before being allowed to use team facilities as early as Saturday. Andrew Krammer, Star Tribune, "Three more Vikings, including end Ifeadi Odenigbo, placed on COVID list," 29 July 2020 If any employee tests positive for coronavirus, the museum will conduct contact tracing and will ask any additional personnel who may have been in contact to undergo testing, a press release stated. Briana Rice, The Enquirer, "Coronavirus in Cincinnati: Museum Center employee possibly exposed to COVID-19," 3 July 2020 Tourism has reopened there, but visitors are required to undergo tests. Washington Post, "As Europeans embark on summer holidays, Americans have fewer options," 1 July 2020 After the restaurant is shut down, a professional cleaning comes into the location affected and all employees undergo testing. al, "Alabama restaurants confront vicious cycle: Close, clean, reopen," 28 June 2020 According to a press release shared by the government on Sunday, international arrivals will be required to present the documentation of a negative COVID-19 test, taken within four days of departure, or undergo testing at a Dubai airport. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "Dubai Will Reopen to International Travelers on July 7 — What to Know," 23 June 2020 The spacecraft will continue to undergo testing as it remains docked with the station, Behnken said. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "NASA astronauts 'capture the flag' on the space station and look ahead after historic launch," 1 June 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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10 Aug 2020

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“Undergo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undergo. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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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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