Definitions for undertakeˌʌn dərˈteɪk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

un•der•takeˌʌn dərˈteɪk(v.)-took, -tak•en, -tak•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to take upon oneself, as a task or performance; attempt:

    He undertook the job of answering the mail.

  2. to obligate oneself (fol. by an infinitive).

  3. to warrant or guarantee (fol. by a clause):

    to undertake that a loan is fully secured.

  4. to take in charge.

  5. (v.i.)Archaic. to engage oneself by promise or guarantee.

Origin of undertake:


Princeton's WordNet

  1. undertake, set about, attempt(verb)

    enter upon an activity or enterprise

  2. undertake, tackle, take on(verb)

    accept as a challenge

    "I'll tackle this difficult task"

  3. undertake, guarantee(verb)

    promise to do or accomplish

    "guarantee to free the prisoners"

  4. contract, undertake(verb)

    enter into a contractual arrangement

  5. undertake, take in charge(verb)

    accept as a charge

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. undertake(verb)ˌʌn dərˈteɪk

    to start sth that is likely to be difficult

    a set of ambitious reforms undertaken by the government


  1. undertake(Verb)

    To take upon oneself; to start, to embark on (a specific task etc.).

    He undertook a course of medication.

  2. undertake(Verb)

    To commit oneself (to an obligation, activity etc.).

    He undertook to exercise more in future.

  3. undertake(Verb)

    to overtake on the wrong side.

    I hate people who try and undertake on the motorway.

  4. undertake(Verb)

    To pledge; to assert, assure; to dare say.

  5. undertake(Verb)

    To take by trickery; to trap, to seize upon.

  6. Origin: From undertaken, equivalent to (after undernim).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Undertake(verb)

    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

  2. Undertake(verb)

    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

  3. Undertake(verb)

    hence, to guarantee; to promise; to affirm

  4. Undertake(verb)

    to assume, as a character

  5. Undertake(verb)

    to engage with; to attack

  6. Undertake(verb)

    to have knowledge of; to hear

  7. Undertake(verb)

    to take or have the charge of

  8. Undertake(verb)

    to take upon one's self, or assume, any business, duty, or province

  9. Undertake(verb)

    to venture; to hazard

  10. Undertake(verb)

    to give a promise or guarantee; to be surety

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'undertake' in Verbs Frequency: #346

Translations for undertake

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to accept (a duty, task, responsibility etc)

He undertook the job willingly.

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