What does undertake mean?

Definitions for undertake
ˌʌn dərˈteɪkun·der·take

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word undertake.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. undertake, set about, attemptverb

    enter upon an activity or enterprise

  2. undertake, tackle, take onverb

    accept as a challenge

    "I'll tackle this difficult task"

  3. undertake, guaranteeverb

    promise to do or accomplish

    "guarantee to free the prisoners"

  4. contract, undertakeverb

    enter into a contractual arrangement

  5. undertake, take in chargeverb

    accept as a charge

Wiktionary

  1. undertakeverb

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

    He undertook a course of medication.

    Etymology: From undertaken, equivalent to (after undernim).

  2. undertakeverb

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

    He undertook to exercise more in future.

    Etymology: From undertaken, equivalent to (after undernim).

  3. undertakeverb

    to overtake on the wrong side.

    I hate people who try and undertake on the motorway.

    Etymology: From undertaken, equivalent to (after undernim).

  4. undertakeverb

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

    Etymology: From undertaken, equivalent to (after undernim).

  5. undertakeverb

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

    Etymology: From undertaken, equivalent to (after undernim).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Undertakeverb

    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. Undertakeverb

    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. Undertakeverb

    hence, to guarantee; to promise; to affirm

  4. Undertakeverb

    to assume, as a character

  5. Undertakeverb

    to engage with; to attack

  6. Undertakeverb

    to have knowledge of; to hear

  7. Undertakeverb

    to take or have the charge of

  8. Undertakeverb

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

  9. Undertakeverb

    to venture; to hazard

  10. Undertakeverb

    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.

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

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Numerology

  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

Examples of undertake in a Sentence

  1. George Orwell:

    All writers are vain, selfish and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives lies a mystery. Writing a book is a long, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.

  2. Julie Bishop:

    We do not see Russia or China as posing a military threat to Australia, we undertake military exercises with China as well as other countries in the region and will continue to do so.

  3. Richard Willard Armour:

    Self-pity gets you nowhere. One must have the adventurous daring to accept oneself as a bundle of possibilities and undertake the most interesting game in the world -- making the most of one's best.

  4. Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman:

    There will be international coordination with major powers and international organizations ... in terms of operations in Syria and Iraq. We can't undertake these operations without coordinating with legitimacy in this place and the international community.

  5. Defence Minister Mohammed bin Salman:

    There will be international coordination with major powers and international organisations ... in terms of operations in Syria and Iraq. We can't undertake these operations without coordinating with legitimacy in this place and the international community.

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