[uhn-der-tey-king, uhn-der-tey- for 1–3; uhn-der-tey-king for 4]


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.

Origin of undertaking

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at under, taking

Synonyms for undertaking

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British Dictionary definitions for undertakings



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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Word Origin and History for undertakings



"enterprise," early 15c., verbal noun from undertake (v.).

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