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.
undertaking definition by Webster's New World
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- something undertaken; task; charge; enterprise
- a promise; guarantee
- the business of an undertaker (sense )
- the act of one who undertakes some task, responsibility, etc.
undertaking definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A task or assignment undertaken; a venture.
- A guaranty, engagement, or promise.
- The profession or duties of a funeral director.
Variant of undertake
transitive verb undertook, 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: 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 )