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.
Examples from the Web for undertaken
But were Americans ever so worked up about the practice that they demanded it not be undertaken in their name?The U.S. Will Torture Again—and We’re All to Blame|Michael Tomasky|December 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In a historic visit in 2012, Barack Obama hailed the “remarkable journey” the country had undertaken.Hope and Change? Burma Kills a Journalist Before Obama Arrives|Joshua Carroll|November 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Correction: The original article stated that Starboard Strategic Inc. had undertaken the Internet media buy for the NRA.
They are believed to have been staying in the big house while renovations are undertaken.
Expending American treasure and blood should only be undertaken when it has a reasonable chance of success.Should the Military Pull All Forces Out of Afghanistan After 2014?|Daniel L. Davis|February 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This, then, is the man who has undertaken to crush my friend Lecour on the question of extraction!The False Chevalier|William Douw Lighthall
Nothing was too vast or too complicated to be undertaken, no detail was too trivial to be studied.England and Germany|Emile Joseph Dillon
The following episode gives us an insight into the fervour of soul with which this task was undertaken.Saint Bonaventure|Rev. Fr. Laurence Costelloe, O.F.M.
Since you have undertaken to act as my attorney, you advise me to go immediately and lay siege in form.The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Vol. I (of 9)|Thomas Jefferson
Ditch, or Be Ditched: to get into trouble, or to fail at what one has undertaken.Tramping with Tramps|Josiah Flynt
British Dictionary definitions for undertaken
verb -takes, -taking, -took or -taken
Word Origin and History for undertaken
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.