- Undertake means to start something or agree to do something.
- An example of to undertake is to begin a journey.
- An example of to undertake is to sign a contract for a new job.
- To undertake is defined as to manage funerals and burials.
An example of to undertake is run a funeral home.
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- to take upon oneself; agree to do; enter into or upon (a task, journey, etc.)
- to give a promise or pledge that; contract: he undertook to be their guide
- to promise; guarantee
- to make oneself responsible for; take over as a charge
Origin: Middle English undertaken: see under- and amp; take
- Archaic to take on responsibility, pledge oneself, guarantee, or be surety (for)
- ☆ Informal to work as an undertaker (sense )
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verb un·der·took , un·der·tak·en, un·der·tak·ing, un·der·takes verb, transitive
- To take upon oneself; decide or agree to do: undertake a task.
- To pledge or commit oneself: undertake to care for an elderly relative.
- To set about; begin.
- Obsolete To accept combat with.