verb (used with object), un·der·took, un·der·tak·en, un·der·tak·ing.
verb (used without object), un·der·took, un·der·tak·en, un·der·tak·ing.
Origin of undertake
Examples from the Web for undertake
(1) Only charities and non-profits should ask for unpaid workers to staff their operations or undertake time-consuming projects.
“However, it is still unclear to me if the U.S. and its allies are prepared to undertake such a comprehensive approach,” he says.Obama's Iraq-Syria Dilemma: No Force Now on the Ground Can Beat ISIS|Jamie Dettmer|August 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His gun is available to anyone willing to undertake a few minutes of Internet research.The Assassin's Gun: Internet Liberty Gone Way Too Far|David Frum|May 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Pronouncing illegality, governments will often undertake demolitions of slum houses.
She will be remembered as a strong leader and a person willing to undertake difficult tasks to achieve long-term objectives.Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan: The Ultimate ’80s Power Couple|George Shultz|April 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
After a great deal of trouble and persuasion, I prevailed upon Mr. F. Crockford to undertake it, and we made out the bill of fare.Soyer's Culinary Campaign|Alexis Soyer
Can I undertake anything of consequence till I have crushed the pride of such a people?Anne of Geierstein|Walter Scott
If she died, would Beauvouloir undertake the care of the poor child's health?The Hated Son|Honore de Balzac
These four statements I undertake, in the course of our future study, gradually to confirm to you.The Eagle's Nest|John Ruskin
How could he have been such a fool as to undertake such a task under the eyes of so many lookers-on?The Small House at Allington|Anthony Trollope
verb -takes, -taking, -took or -taken
c.1200, "to entrap," in the same sense as Old English underniman (cf. Dutch ondernemen, German unternehmen), of which it is a partial loan-translation, from under + take. Cf. also French entreprendre "to undertake," from entre "between, among" + prendre "to take." The under in this word may be the same one that also may form the first element of understand. Meaning "to accept" is attested from mid-13c.; that of "to take upon oneself, to accept the duty of" is from c.1300.