undertake

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verb un·der·take \ˌən-dər-ˈtāk\

Definition of undertake

undertook

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undertaken

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undertaking

  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

Examples of undertake in a Sentence

  1. He's undertaking a thorough search.

  2. The researchers undertook a series of studies.

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First Known Use of undertake

14th century



UNDERTAKE Defined for English Language Learners

undertake

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Definition of undertake for English Language Learners

  • : to begin or attempt (something)

  • : to agree or promise to do (something)


UNDERTAKE Defined for Kids

undertake

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verb un·der·take \ˌən-dər-ˈtāk\

Definition of undertake for Students

undertook

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undertaken

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undertaking

  1. 1 :  to plan or try to accomplish They undertook a trip around the world.

  2. 2 :  to take on as a responsibility :  agree I undertake to deliver your package.



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