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.
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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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 )