Definition of undergo in English:



  • Experience or be subjected to (something, typically something unpleasant or arduous)

    ‘he underwent a life-saving brain operation’
    • ‘He did not suffer any broken bones but underwent physiotherapy and took a week off work.’
    • ‘The Lava Lounge is currently undergoing extensive refurbishment unrelated to the fire.’
    • ‘Stella undergoes a traumatic experience and must deal with the aftermath.’
    • ‘It was Leslie's first taste of live action since undergoing surgery to repair a wrist problem.’
    • ‘Trafalgar Square is at present something of a building site as it undergoes partial pedestrianisation.’
    • ‘He, however, seemed to have undergone a kind of religious experience during the concert.’
    • ‘As if in respect for the sombre occasion, the weather had undergone one of its sudden shifts in mood.’
    • ‘The centre of the site shows the headquarters building which underwent several rebuilds.’
    • ‘She added that the British public was mostly unaware of the suffering undergone by the birds.’
    • ‘Your body undergoes rapid change to support the healthy growth of your baby.’
    • ‘The new kitchens and art room are part of a block at the school that has already undergone extensive refurbishment.’
    • ‘Four months later he underwent the life-saving surgery at Wythenshawe Hospital.’
    • ‘When babies are born, they undergo all sorts of tests to make sure they're fit and healthy.’
    • ‘He probably typifies the early skeptic who then undergoes a conversion experience.’
    • ‘I underwent an emergency caesarean with my first baby and narrowly avoided it with my second.’
    • ‘All the craft have been undergoing a complete overhaul before the final race training begins.’
    • ‘Beth underwent a life saving bone marrow transplant when she was five after a mystery donor was found in Germany.’
    • ‘At the time of inspection, the prison was undergoing an extensive building programme.’
    • ‘Most firms have experienced change in this area and some have undergone radical restructuring.’
    • ‘He coped with the problem for two years before he underwent an operation which effectively cured him.’
    go through, experience, engage in, undertake, live through, face, encounter, submit to, be subjected to, come in for, receive, sustain, endure, brave, bear, tolerate, stand, withstand, put up with, weather, support, brook, suffer, cope with
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Old English undergān ‘undermine’(see under-, go).