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 undertook
While in pre-trial detention, Krivov undertook two hunger strikes.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015|Movements.Org|December 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The language was not changed until Northrop Grumman undertook to build the aircraft in Palmdale.Is the Pentagon’s $55 Billion Stealth Bomber Too Big a Secret?|Bill Sweetman|September 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Only they can stop this nonsense, and it will take an effort as concerted and well-organized as the one they undertook in the 70s.
In order to make some sense of these questions, I undertook a Taxonomy of American Ignorance and Misperceptions.
At his advisers' urging, he undertook a gradual and carefully orchestrated campaign to undo the damage.
And I've not only failed in nearly everything I undertook, but I've been a fool besides.A Yankee from the West|Opie Read
He was a man of great strength of character, and of marvellous perseverance in all that he undertook.Edward Hoare, M.A.|Edward Hoare
The master agreed to the terms offered and undertook the commission readily enough.The Well of Saint Clare|Anatole France
He had not seen me before; yet he undertook to answer that captain; and he soon put him to silence.George Fox|George Fox
For this small sum she undertook to feed me, to keep me clean, and to send me to a day-school.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete|Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
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.