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 Staff will be required to wear face masks and undergo health screenings, and sanitizing procedures are in place. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Houston's 'Largest Crystal Clear Lagoon in Texas' opens to public for limited time this July," 9 July 2020 All of the 22 teams coming to Orlando will be isolated for at least two days and undergo more COVID-19 tests before entering the bubble. oregonlive, "NBA commissioner Adam Silver worries positive coronavirus tests could puncture restart ‘bubble’," 8 July 2020 Although some bird calls undergo slow evolutions, this rapid shift in a bird’s song has never been observed before, says Ken Otter, lead author of the study, published July 2 in the journal Current Biology. Corryn Wetzel, National Geographic, "Sparrows are singing a new song, in a rapid, unprecedented shift," 2 July 2020 Most law enforcement officers have some training on juvenile issues, but SROs should undergo additional training on implicit bias and adolescent mental health issues, Canady said. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "A movement to push police out of schools is growing nationwide. Here is why," 28 June 2020 Teachers should undergo self-screenings every day and students should be screened once a week for coronavirus before they’re allowed on campus when school starts in the fall, a draft of new Texas guidelines says. Corbett Smith, Dallas News, "Rapidly changing coronavirus crisis delays guidance on reopening Texas schools, but decisions likely to be made locally," 23 June 2020 All aircraft undergo electrostatic spraying before departure and cabin capacity is blocked at 60 percent in the main cabin to help promote social distancing. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "Delta Is First U.S. Airline to Resume Flights to China," 22 June 2020 Several other precautions will remain in place, including that everyone entering the building is required to get their temperature checked and undergo a screening by a nurse inside the building. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, "Cleveland Municipal Court will take online not-guilty pleas in certain cases, hold hearings via Zoom," 12 June 2020 Guests and associates will be required to wear a mask and undergo touchless temperature screening and adhere to social distancing. Chanel Stitt, Detroit Free Press, "Cedar Point will start phased reopening in July," 9 June 2020

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First Known Use of undergo

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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29 Jul 2020

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“Undergo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undergo. Accessed 6 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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