Origin of undertaking
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 undertaking
The family-run company cites two reasons for undertaking this effort.
Under these circumstances, the kind of unilateral executive action Obama is undertaking will become more and more common.
It took a special, meticulous kind of person to accomplish the undertaking, someone with brains, patience, and nerves of steel.
Pfizer is undertaking an audacious $100 billion bid for rival AstraZeneca.
The undertaking is massive: In January 2014 alone, Iran has executed more than 90 citizens.
Therefore I thought nothing of undertaking a sixty miles' drive in broiling heat and along a villainous road.South African Memories|Lady Sarah Wilson
This estimate M. Troyon endeavoured to make—an undertaking of a very interesting nature.Primitive Man|Louis Figuier
And I, with you and all Americans, wish for him all possible success in undertaking the tasks that will so soon be his.State of the Union Addresses of Harry S. Truman|Harry S. Truman
The finding of a suitable villa for Sophy proved to be quite an undertaking.Shadows of Flames|Amelie Rives
There is little good in a man who abandons an undertaking simply because he has tried once and failed.The Expositor's Bible: The Book of Joshua|William Garden Blaikie
verb -takes, -taking, -took or -taken
"enterprise," early 15c., verbal noun from undertake (v.).
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.