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undergo

[uhn-der-goh]
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verb (used with object), un·der·went, un·der·gone, un·der·go·ing.
  1. to be subjected to; experience; pass through: to undergo surgery.
  2. to endure; sustain; suffer: to undergo sustained deprivation.
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Origin of undergo

before 1000; Middle English undergon, Old English undergān. See under-, go1
Related formsun·der·go·er, noun

Synonyms

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1. See experience. 2. bear, tolerate.

Antonyms

1. avoid.
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Related Words

withstandbearexperienceseesustainendurehavesufferdeferfeelsharesupporttolerateyieldbowabideweatherknowencounterstand

Examples from the Web for undergo

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Historical Examples

  • 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

verb -goes, -going, -went or -gone
  1. (tr) to experience, endure, or sustainto undergo a dramatic change of feelings
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Derived Formsundergoer, 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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