Definitions for undertakeˌʌn dərˈteɪk
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
un•der•takeˌʌn dərˈteɪk(v.)-took, -tak•en, -tak•ing.
(v.t.)to take upon oneself, as a task or performance; attempt:
He undertook the job of answering the mail.
to obligate oneself (fol. by an infinitive).
to warrant or guarantee (fol. by a clause):
to undertake that a loan is fully secured.
to take in charge.
(v.i.)Archaic. to engage oneself by promise or guarantee.
Origin of undertake:
undertake, set about, attempt(verb)
enter upon an activity or enterprise
undertake, tackle, take on(verb)
accept as a challenge
"I'll tackle this difficult task"
promise to do or accomplish
"guarantee to free the prisoners"
enter into a contractual arrangement
undertake, take in charge(verb)
accept as a charge
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
to start sth that is likely to be difficult
a set of ambitious reforms undertaken by the government
To take upon oneself; to start, to embark on (a specific task etc.).
He undertook a course of medication.
To commit oneself (to an obligation, activity etc.).
He undertook to exercise more in future.
to overtake on the wrong side.
I hate people who try and undertake on the motorway.
To pledge; to assert, assure; to dare say.
To take by trickery; to trap, to seize upon.
Origin: From undertaken, equivalent to (after undernim).
to take upon one's self; to engage in; to enter upon; to take in hand; to begin to perform; to set about; to attempt
specifically, to take upon one's self solemnly or expressly; to lay one's self under obligation, or to enter into stipulations, to perform or to execute; to covenant; to contract
hence, to guarantee; to promise; to affirm
to assume, as a character
to engage with; to attack
to have knowledge of; to hear
to take or have the charge of
to take upon one's self, or assume, any business, duty, or province
to venture; to hazard
to give a promise or guarantee; to be surety
Translations for undertake
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
to accept (a duty, task, responsibility etc)
He undertook the job willingly.
- onderneem, aanneemAfrikaans
- يَقْبَل المَسؤوليَّهArabic
- заемам сеBulgarian
- encarregarPortuguese (BR)
- ujmout seCzech
- påtage sigDanish
- αναλαμβάνω (π.χ. ένα καθήκον)Greek
- emprender, encargarse (de)Spanish
- enda peale võtmaEstonian
- تقبل کردنFarsi
- se charger deFrench
- לָקַחַת עַל עַצמוֹHebrew
- का उत्तरदायित्व लेनाHindi
- prihvatiti, preuzetiCroatian
- menerima tanggung jawab, tugas dllIndonesian
- taka að sérIcelandic
- incaricarsi diItalian
- op zich nemenDutch
- påta segNorwegian
- podejmować sięPolish
- تقبل کردنPersian
- په غاړه اخيستل، ذمه وهل، ژبه كول، لوزكول: منل، تړون كولPashto
- encarregar-se dePortuguese
- a-şi asumaRomanian
- брать на себяRussian
- ujať saSlovak
- preuzeti odgovornostSerbian
- åta sigSwedish
- üstlenmek, yüklenmekTurkish
- 承擔，接受Chinese (Trad.)
- починати, братисяUkrainian
- قبول کرناUrdu
- đảm nhậnVietnamese
- 承担，接受Chinese (Simp.)
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