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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But Anchor has undergone a lot of pretty big changes over the last decade. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "Cult wineries and craft breweries in a changing world," 20 June 2019 After he was elected, the nation’s system underwent changes — including family separations at the border, travel bans for those coming from some Muslim-majority countries and longer, more extensive application forms. Erin B. Logan, baltimoresun.com, "Howard immigration nonprofit looks into restructuring amid financial concerns," 20 June 2019 The two other victims were undergoing treatment at hospitals late Wednesday. Laura Mcknight, nola.com, "1 killed, 2 wounded in Causeway Boulevard shooting: JPSO," 19 June 2019 Carter had been undergoing treatment for depression. Amy Haneline, USA TODAY, "Gloria Vanderbilt, the mom: What she said about the loss of a child, Anderson Cooper coming out," 17 June 2019 Beach has been undergoing physical therapy, and his voice sounds strong in the video. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "KTAR's 'Detour Dan' is recovering from strokes: 'I want to get back to where I want to be'," 14 June 2019 Women's football has been undergoing changes in Argentina over the last couple of years. SI.com, "2019 Women's World Cup: England vs Argentina Preview - How to Watch, Live Stream, Team News & More," 12 June 2019 Coulibaly had been undergoing medical care since the fatal crash that happened last month in North Miami. Doug Phillips, sun-sentinel.com, "Bond set at $300K for woman accused of DUI in crash that killed teens heading for Weston soccer tournament," 6 June 2019 In addition to welcoming a child, Meghan and Harry have been undergoing some big changes in recent months. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Has Given Birth to Her First Child with Prince Harry," 6 May 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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