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
Colonizing Mars is a challenge like no other that humankind has undertaken.
Getting to know their story through the investigation undertaken by Victoria Cruz, a seminal activist in her own right, has been one of the great honors of my career.
Even in recent years, winemakers have undertaken massive replanting efforts to ensure higher quality grapes and wine moving forward.
The analysis, undertaken as part of a federal court order, examined stops from 2013 to 2015 after criticism of the high rates of stops in black and Hispanic neighborhoods had already led to the start of a drastic decline in them.
Undertaking any of these challenges will involve some work and a major commitment, but will surely put you on the right path for personal growth.
Other people are also undertaking the fight, including a New Hampshire girl scout named Cassandra Levesque who learned that children in her state could marry at the age of 13, and set out to change the law.
Landrieu was responding to a question from Todd about why, in a Southern city, the mayor would undertake a Confederate monument removal that is unpopular throughout the South.
President Donald Trump recently ordered the Pentagon to undertake a ballistic missile defense review.
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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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