undertaking

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noun un·der·tak·ing \ˈən-dər-ˌtā-kiŋ, ˌən-dər-ˈtā-; sense 1b is ˈən-dər-ˌtā- only\

Definition of undertaking

  1. 1a :  the act of one who undertakes or engages in a project or businessb :  the business of an undertaker

  2. 2 :  something undertaken :  enterprise

  3. 3 :  pledge, guarantee

Examples of undertaking in a Sentence

  1. The restoration of the old theater is a huge undertaking.

  2. He advised us against such a risky undertaking.

Recent Examples of undertaking from the Web

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First Known Use of undertaking

14th century



UNDERTAKING Defined for English Language Learners

undertaking

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Definition of undertaking for English Language Learners

  • : an important or difficult task or project

  • : the business of an undertaker

  • : a promise or agreement to do or not do something


UNDERTAKING Defined for Kids

undertaking

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noun un·der·tak·ing \ˈən-dər-ˌtā-kiŋ\

Definition of undertaking for Students

  1. :  an important or difficult task or project Creating a mural is a big undertaking.


Law Dictionary

undertaking

noun un·der·tak·ing

Legal Definition of undertaking

  1. 1 :  a promise or pledge especially required by law

  2. 2 :  something (as cash or a written promise) deposited or given as security especially in a court

Additional Notes on undertaking

Undertakings are often required of one party during property actions (as for attachment) in order to compensate the other party should the court's action (as in attaching the property) be found unjustified later.



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