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undertake

[ uhn-der-teyk ]
/ 藢蕦n d蓹r藞te瑟k /
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verb (used with object), un路der路took [uhn-der-took], /藢蕦n d蓹r藞t蕣k/, un路der路tak路en, un路der路tak路ing.
to take upon oneself, as a task, performance, etc.; attempt: She undertook the job of answering all the mail.
to promise, agree, or obligate oneself (followed by an infinitive): The married couple undertook to love, honor, and cherish each other.
to warrant or guarantee (followed by a clause): The sponsors undertake that their candidate meets all the requirements.
to take in charge; assume the duty of attending to: The lawyer undertook a new case.
verb (used without object), un路der路took [uhn-der-took], /藢蕦n d蓹r藞t蕣k/, un路der路tak路en, un路der路tak路ing.
Archaic. to engage oneself by promise; give a guarantee, or become surety.
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Origin of undertake

First recorded in 1150鈥1200; Middle English undertaken; see under-, take

OTHER WORDS FROM undertake

pre路un路der路take, verb (used with object), pre路un路der路took, pre路un路der路tak路en, pre路un路der路tak路ing.
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How to use undertake in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for undertake

undertake
/ (藢蕦nd蓹藞te瑟k) /

verb -takes, -taking, -took or -taken
(tr) to contract to or commit oneself to (something) or (to do something)to undertake a job; to undertake to deliver the goods
(tr) to attempt to; agree to start
(tr) to take (someone) in charge
(intr foll by for) archaic to make oneself responsible (for)
(tr) to promise
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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