undertaking

[ 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 /

noun

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.

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Origin of undertaking

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at under, taking
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British Dictionary definitions for undertaking

undertaking
/ (ˈʌndəˌteɪkɪŋ) /

noun

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
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