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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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  • Her dear friend is left in trouble, and undergo sickness too.

  • But before they can be used to advantage, they must undergo a process of retroussage.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • And what greater good or evil can any destiny ever make us undergo?

    Laws Plato
  • For there are two classes of souls who undergo punishment—the curable and the incurable.

    Gorgias Plato
  • Why must I always have to undergo humiliation after humiliation?

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for 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 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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