- simple past tense of undergo.
- to be subjected to; experience; pass through: to undergo surgery.
- to endure; sustain; suffer: to undergo sustained deprivation.
Origin of undergo
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Examples from the Web for underwent
Justice Ginsburg underwent this procedure successfully and is progressing with her recovery.Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Risky Heart Surgery
Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD
November 26, 2014
Vandegaard and his partner, Mindy Nunez, bought their two-story house after it underwent post-Katrina renovations.New Orleans’ Carnivalesque Day of the Dead
November 1, 2014
He took time to recover and rebuild his strength down South, and also underwent rigorous rehabilitation up in Boston.Eleanor Roosevelt: Feminist Icon
September 2, 2014
Of the nearly ten million women who underwent the practice, around 10 percent died from relating complications.Corsets, Muslin Disease, and More of the Deadly Fashion Trends
The Fashion Beast Team
April 1, 2014
I underwent an endometrial ablation in my 30s, rendering my periods worse than ever.
He underwent various operations, but derived only partial benefit from them.Handel
Edward J. Dent
We know, now what you underwent when you suspected my descent, and when you knew it.A Tale of Two Cities
The mood of the Briton underwent a characteristic quick shift.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
The graciousness of her manner, however, underwent no abatement.The Avenger
E. Phillips Oppenheim
But despicable as his conduct had been, he underwent no hasty condemnation.The Golden Age
- the past tense of undergo
- (tr) to experience, endure, or sustainto undergo a dramatic change of feelings
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.