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, 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.

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

  2. undertake(Verb)

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

    He undertook to exercise more in future.

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

  3. undertake(Verb)

    to overtake on the wrong side.

    I hate people who try and undertake on the motorway.

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

  4. undertake(Verb)

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

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

  5. undertake(Verb)

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

    Etymology: 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

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How to say undertake in sign language?

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  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. Alexis Tsipras:

    Greece will undertake every effort so that NATO's mission contributes to the solution of the crisis, unfortunately it's clear that the obstacles .. arise from Turkey's unilateral demands and positions. Demands and positions which unfortunately are also expressed through a rise in activities which violate our airspace.

  2. Montesquieu:

    Friendship is an arrangement by which we undertake to exchange small favors for big ones.

  3. Emeasoba George:

    A wholistic way to overcome adversity is just to perceive/undertake it as a task, which must be tackled & conquered at all cost.

  4. Cometan:

    The trust of a child to carry them from the ashes of a corrupt world to a world of transcension is the greatest duty he and I and The Philosophy could ever undertake.

  5. Gina Haspel:

    I would not allow CIA to undertake activity that I thought was immoral, even if it was technically legal, i would absolutely not permit it.

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