undertaking

noun un·der·tak·ing \ ˈən-dər-ˌtā-kiŋ , ˌən-dər-ˈtā- ; sense 1b is ˈən-dər-ˌtā- only \
Updated on: 15 Apr 2018
1 a : the act of one who undertakes or engages in a project or business
b : the business of an undertaker
2 : something undertaken : enterprise

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.

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First Known Use of undertaking

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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UNDERTAKING Defined for English Language Learners

undertaking

  • : 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

noun un·der·tak·ing \ ˈən-dər-ˌtā-kiŋ \
: an important or difficult task or project
  • Creating a mural is a big undertaking.

Law Dictionary

undertaking

noun un·der·tak·ing
1 : a promise or pledge especially required by law
2 : something (as cash or a written promise) deposited or given as security especially in a court
Note: 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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