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[uhn-der-tey-king, uhn-der-tey- for 1–3; uhn-der-tey-king for 4] /ˌʌn dərˈteɪ kɪŋ, ˈʌn dərˌteɪ- for 1–3; ˈʌn dərˌteɪ kɪŋ for 4/
the act of a person who undertakes any task or responsibility.
a task, enterprise, etc., undertaken.
a promise; pledge; guarantee.
the business of an undertaker or funeral director.
Origin of undertaking
Middle English word dating back to 1325-75; See origin at under, taking
2. project, endeavor, job, effort, venture. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for undertakings
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  • He was a man of letters, and completed some of his father's undertakings.

    China and the Manchus Herbert Allen Giles
  • The undertakings of a contract may be for the existence of a fact in the present or in the future.

    The Common Law Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
  • Thousands of these undertakings are even now the work of voluntarily formed associations.

    Anarchy Errico Malatesta
  • This gentleman has need to be most cautious in some of his undertakings.

    Cupology Clara
  • You are not restricted in any way as to the character of the undertakings you may make?

    Readings in Money and Banking Chester Arthur Phillips
  • Raymond, his prior, was a great help in all these undertakings.

    Bibliomania in the Middle Ages Frederick Somner Merryweather
  • For the latter half of his life, he had pursued, in all his undertakings, one main design.

  • This latter quality is as important to success in all undertakings as the former.

    Peter the Great Jacob Abbott
  • This noble decision was the crowning act in the undertakings of thousands similarly situated.

    The Underground Railroad William Still
  • Their work was done and their undertakings were successful, while the people all said, 'We are as we are, of ourselves!'

    Tao Teh King Lao-Tze
British Dictionary definitions for undertakings


something undertaken; task, venture, or enterprise
an agreement to do something
the business of an undertaker
(informal) the practice of overtaking on an inner lane a vehicle which is travelling in an outer lane
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for undertakings



"enterprise," early 15c., verbal noun from undertake (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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