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undertaker

[uhn-der-tey-ker for 1; uhn-der-tey-ker for 2] /ˈʌn dərˌteɪ kər for 1; ˌʌn dərˈteɪ kər for 2/
noun
2.
a person who undertakes something.
Origin of undertaker
1350-1400
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at undertake, -er1
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undertaker

/ˈʌndəˌteɪkə/
noun
1.
a person whose profession is the preparation of the dead for burial or cremation and the management of funerals; funeral director
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Word Origin and History for undertaker
n.

c.1400, "a contractor or projector of any sort," agent noun from undertake (v.). The specialized sense (1690s) emerged from funeral-undertaker.

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