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From Middle English *undercomen, from Old English undercuman (to come under, submit, assist), from Proto-Germanic *under (under) + *kwemaną (to come), equivalent to under- +‎ come. Cognate with West Frisian ûnderkomme (to shelter, come under), Dutch onderkomen (to shelter, find accommodation), German unterkommen (to stay, find accommodation, find a job), Icelandic undirkoma (to come under).


undercome (third-person singular simple present undercomes, present participle undercoming, simple past undercame, past participle undercome)

  1. (transitive, nonstandard) To come under; experience or suffer the effects of; be affected by; undergo.
    • 1994, Alloin, Mariotti, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Adaptive optics for astronomy: Volume 1993:
      [] that is field dependent, and due to the the fact that the beam coming from the guide star and the beam coming from another angular direction cross slightly different parts of the atmosphere medium, therefore undercome slightly different phase perturbations.
    • 1992, Kołodko, Gotz-Kozierkiewicz, Skrzeszewska-Paczek, Hyperinflation and stabilization in postsocialist economies:
      After the period of its relative stabilization in the first year of the program, the exchange rate undercame later consecutive devaluations attaining at the end of June 1990 []
  2. (transitive, nonstandard) To submit; submit to; subvene
    • 1997, Naval Studies Board, National Research Council, Twenty-First Symposium on Naval Hydrodynamics:
      A third order time domain approach based on the code SWAN has also been undercome []
    • 2015, François Laruelle, Christo-Fiction: The Ruins of Athens and Jerusalem:
      The variables of the Greek and the Jew are multiplied and affected by the idempotent reprise of the Jew or of the Messiah, who apparently returns, but who in reality comes for the very-first time, who undercomes or sub-venes (sous-vient).
  3. (intransitive, nonstandard, nonce word) To come through.
    • 2001, Harold Bloom, Maya Angelou:
      So I think we're all on journeys, according to how we're able to travel, overcome, undercome, and share what we have learned.