- something undertaken; task; charge; enterprise
- a promise; guarantee
- the business of an undertaker (sense )
- the act of one who undertakes some task, responsibility, etc.
Washing these dishes will be quite an undertaking.
- An example of an undertaking is the act of washing dishes.
- An example of an undertaking is a promise to watch a friend's child.
- A task or venture undertaken: Climbing the mountain was a dangerous undertaking.
- The action of beginning a task or venture: the undertaking of the expedition.
- A guaranty, pledge, or promise: gave an undertaking that he would not disclose trade secrets.
- The profession or duties of a funeral director.
- Specifically, the business of an undertaker, or the management of funerals.
- A promise or pledge; a guarantee.
- That which is undertaken; any business, work, or project which a person engages in, or attempts to perform; an enterprise.
- The act of one who undertakes, or engages in, any project or business.
- Present participle of undertake.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
- One would sit without moving, undertaking nothing....
- The undertaking was proposed by the French A merica.
- Scarcely, however, was this great undertaking fairly commenced when he accepted the post of private secretary to Lord Durham on the latter's appointment as special commissioner to Canada.
- The secrecy of the undertaking heightened its charm and they marched gaily.
- An important undertaking, known as the Agricultural Inquiry, brought to light vast quantities of information valuable for future agrarian legislation.