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1 of mental or physical states or experiences; "get an idea"; "experience vertigo"; "get nauseous"; "undergo a strange sensation"; "The chemical undergoes a sudden change"; "The fluid undergoes shear"; "receive injuries"; "have a feeling" [syn: experience, receive, have, get]
2 go or live through; "We had many trials to go through"; "he saw action in Viet Nam" [syn: experience, see, go through]
3 accept or undergo, often unwillingly; "We took a pay cut" [syn: take, submit] [also: underwent, undergone]

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  1. To experience; to pass through a phase.
    The project is undergoing great changes.
  2. To suffer or endure.
    The victim underwent great trauma.
    She had to undergo surgery because of her broken leg.


to suffer or endure

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abide, afford, be exposed to, be subjected to, bear, bow, defer, encounter, endure, experience, feel, go through, have, know, labor under, live through, meet, meet up with, meet with, pass through, pay, run up against, see, spare, spare the price, spend, stand, stand under, submit, submit to, suffer, support, sustain, taste, tolerate, weather, well afford, withstand, yield
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