What does undertake mean?

Definitions for undertakeˌʌn dərˈteɪk

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word 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


  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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Undertake

    un-dėr-tāk′, v.t. to take under one's management: to take upon one's self: to attempt: to answer for, warrant: to take in, understand: to assume, to have charge of.—v.i. to take upon one's self: to be bound: to manage all the arrangements of a burial.—adj. Undertā′kable, capable of being undertaken.—ns. Undertā′ker, one who undertakes, a projector, a contractor: one who is surety or guarantee for another: one who manages funerals: formerly a contractor for the royal revenue in England, one of those who undertook to manage the House of Commons for the king in the 'Addled Parliament' of 1614: one of the English and Scotch settlers in Ireland on forfeited lands in the 16th century; Undertā′king, that which is undertaken: any business or project engaged in.

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of undertake in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of undertake in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Alfred North Whitehead:

    It takes a very unusual mind to undertake the analysis of the obvious.

  2. Alfred North Whitehead:

    It requires a very unusual mind to undertake the analysis of the obvious.

  3. Anonymous:

    Whatever you undertake, act with prudence, and consider the consequences.

  4. Epictetus:

    In every affair consider what precedes and what follows, and then undertake it.

  5. Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi:

    We will undertake coordinated patrols in the maritime areas of our common concern.

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