Definition of undertake
1 : to take upon oneself : set about : attempt undertake a task undertake to learn to swim
2 : to put oneself under obligation to perform; also : to accept as a charge or responsibility the lawyer who undertook the case
archaic : to give surety or assume responsibility
Examples of undertake in a Sentence
He's undertaking a thorough search.
The researchers undertook a series of studies.
Recent Examples of undertake from the Web
Gehrig and his managers, meanwhile, undertook contortions to keep his streak going on several occasions.
Now, The Seattle Times again joins with area news organizations to promote informative coverage of the region’s homeless population and the efforts to being undertaken to house and aid them, and to prevent people from becoming homeless.
As director of stewardship, Michael is responsible for the largest fundraising campaign the archdiocese has ever undertaken.
The Trial' Philip Glass' 26th opera is the first stage work by the prolific American composer to be undertaken by the St. Louis company.
By the time the work is undertaken, the damage is significantly worse.
Houenou said the ACLU report was undertaken to shed light on the problems created by the war on marijuana and especially on the racial disparity in enforcing those laws.
An ocean crossing is not something to undertake lightly.
The Shapell Center — the most significant project the museum has undertaken since its opening in 1993 — houses the museum's comprehensive collection on the Holocaust as well as staff from its National Institute for Holocaust Documentation.
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First Known Use of undertake
UNDERTAKE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of undertake for English Language Learners
: to begin or attempt (something)
: to agree or promise to do (something)
UNDERTAKE Defined for Kids
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