verb \ˌən-dər-ˈtāk\

: to begin or attempt (something)

: to agree or promise to do (something)


Full Definition of UNDERTAKE

transitive verb
:  to take upon oneself :  set about :  attempt <undertake a task> <undertake to learn to swim>
:  to put oneself under obligation to perform; also :  to accept as a charge or responsibility <the lawyer who undertook the case>
:  guarantee, promise <readily undertook that the letter should be securely conveyed — Sir Walter Scott>
intransitive verb
archaic :  to give surety or assume responsibility

Examples of UNDERTAKE

  1. He's undertaking a thorough search.
  2. The researchers undertook a series of studies.

First Known Use of UNDERTAKE

14th century


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