undertaking[un′dər tā′kiŋ; also, & for 3 always, un′dər tā′kiŋ]
- The definition of an undertaking is a task or an agreement to do something.
- 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.
Washing these dishes will be quiet an undertaking.
- something undertaken; task; charge; enterprise
- a promise; guarantee
- the business of an undertaker (sense )
- the act of one who undertakes some task, responsibility, etc.
- 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.
Variant of undertake
transitive verbundertook, undertaken, undertaking
- 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 of undertakeMiddle 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 )