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undertake

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verb un·der·take \ˌən-dər-ˈtāk\

Simple Definition of undertake

  • : to begin or attempt (something)

  • : to agree or promise to do (something)

Full Definition of undertake

un·der·tookplay \-ˈtu̇k\un·der·tak·enplay \-ˈtā-kən\un·der·tak·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to take upon oneself :  set about :  attempt <undertake a task> <undertake to learn to swim>

  3. 2 :  to put oneself under obligation to perform; also :  to accept as a charge or responsibility <the lawyer who undertook the case>

  4. 3 :  guarantee, promise <readily undertook that the letter should be securely conveyed — Sir Walter Scott>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. archaic :  to give surety or assume responsibility




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