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


[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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Examples from the web for underwent
  • He clearly underwent a conversion of sorts, and he's now a firm believer in online learning.
  • For that investigation, the patients underwent detailed psychological evaluations before enrolling.
  • Fifty-one psychologically healthy volunteers underwent two to five experimental sessions that lasted eight hours.
  • The hostages underwent severe emotional difficulties.
  • Over time the substance underwent chemical reactions to form complex organic molecules.
  • Brunet's team found the ancient skull last year and hoped to keep it secret until after the findings underwent scientific review.
  • She underwent a round of chemotherapy that nauseated her and caused her hair to fall out, but the cancer had gone away.
  • Humiliations seemed to be his delight: these he courted and sought, and always underwent them with great alacrity.
  • The saint underwent this punishment cheerfully, and died in the hands of the executioners.
  • Swift's book underwent discussion between him and his friends several years before it appeared.
British Dictionary definitions for underwent


the past tense of 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 underwent



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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