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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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  • Jobs was urged to undergo an operation to remove it.
  • If you're a mid-career professor about to undergo your first post-tenure review, you're probably wondering what to expect.
  • The region is about to undergo a great transformation.
  • Students learn that animals undergo adaptations-changes to body parts and behaviors-that help them survive.
  • It is not clear whether cetaceans undergo dream sleep.
  • The whole system must before long undergo a radical change.
  • Every year, more than a hundred million people undergo surgery after being knocked unconscious by inhaled anesthetics.
  • Tropical cyclones undergo a series of phases-from tropical depression to tropical storm-before being defined as a hurricane.
  • The tone and content of the messages exhibits the strain many of the group's members undergo.
  • All final candidates extended an offer of employment will undergo background screening.
British Dictionary definitions for undergo


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 undergo

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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