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[uhn-der-goh] /ˌʌn dərˈgoʊ/
verb (used with object), underwent, undergone, undergoing.
to be subjected to; experience; pass through:
to undergo surgery.
to endure; sustain; suffer:
to undergo sustained deprivation.
Origin of undergo
before 1000; Middle English undergon, Old English undergān. See under-, go1
Related forms
undergoer, noun
1. See experience. 2. bear, tolerate.
1. avoid. Unabridged
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  • But in humans the gene had undergone a slight modification.
  • These stable trekking packs have also undergone a complete transformation.
  • But the experience he had undergone modified his theory of life and his character.
  • However, the opinion of the medical profession as to the curative virtues of mistletoe has undergone a radical alteration.
  • The system of military tactics had undergone a great revolution.
  • The official scrabble list of words has undergone another update to reflect the changing nature of language.
  • So far the device has undergone testing in animals and humans to demonstrate proof of concept.
  • And the fact that it's all being undergone by people in funny, old-fashioned outfits makes it feel comfortably distant.
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  • It may not have undergone any significant dwarfing, since they were already small.
British Dictionary definitions for undergone


verb -goes, -going, -went, -gone
(transitive) to experience, endure, or sustain: to undergo a dramatic change of feelings
Derived Forms
undergoer, noun
Word Origin
Old English: earlier meanings were more closely linked with the senses of under and go
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Word Origin and History for undergone



Old English undergan "undermine," from under + gan (see go). Cf. Middle Dutch ondergaen, Old High German untarkun, German untergehen, Danish undergaa. Sense of "submit to, endure" is attested from c.1300. Meaning "to pass through" (an alteration, etc.) is attested from 1630s. Related: Undergone; underwent.

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