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underwent

[uhn-der-went] /ˌʌn dərˈwɛnt/
verb
1.
simple past tense of undergo.

undergo

[uhn-der-goh] /ˌʌn dərˈgoʊ/
verb (used with object), underwent, undergone, undergoing.
1.
to be subjected to; experience; pass through:
to undergo surgery.
2.
to endure; sustain; suffer:
to undergo sustained deprivation.
Origin of undergo
1000
before 1000; Middle English undergon, Old English undergān. See under-, go1
Related forms
undergoer, noun
Synonyms
1. See experience. 2. bear, tolerate.
Antonyms
1. avoid.
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  • I fell leaning upon a large stone luckily at hand, and then underwent something very like death.

  • We know, now what you underwent when you suspected my descent, and when you knew it.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • Jasper stood and listened with her arms akimbo; her face more than once underwent a curious expression.

    A Very Naughty Girl L. T. Meade
  • The graciousness of her manner, however, underwent no abatement.

    The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • The arrangement was complicated enough, for they underwent no less than four sales: 1st.

    Herzegovina George Arbuthnot
British Dictionary definitions for underwent

underwent

/ˌʌndəˈwɛnt/
verb
1.
the past tense of undergo

undergo

/ˌʌndəˈɡəʊ/
verb -goes, -going, -went, -gone
1.
(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 underwent

undergo

v.

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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