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Meaning of UNDERTAKE

Pronunciation:  `undur'teyk

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  enter into a contractual arrangement
  2. [v]  promise or guarantee
  3. [v]  enter upon an activity or enterprise
  4. [v]  accept as a charge
  5. [v]  accept as a challenge

UNDERTAKE is a 9 letter word that starts with U.


 Synonyms: attempt, contract, guarantee, set about, tackle, take in charge, take on
 See Also: accept, assure, charter, condition, confront, consent, covenant, face, face up, go for, hire, initiate, lease, pioneer, promise, qualify, rent, sign, specify, stipulate, subvent, underwrite



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Un`der*take"\, v. t. [imp. {Undertook}; p. p.
    {Undertaken}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Undertaking}.] [Under + take.]
    1. To take upon one's self; to engage in; to enter upon; to
       take in hand; to begin to perform; to set about; to
             To second, or oppose, or undertake The perilous
             attempt.                              --Milton.
    2. Specifically, to take upon one's self solemnly or
       expressly; to lay one's self under obligation, or to enter
       into stipulations, to perform or to execute; to covenant;
       to contract.
             I 'll undertake to land them on our coast. --Shak.
    3. Hence, to guarantee; to promise; to affirm.
             And he was not right fat, I undertake. --Dryden.
             And those two counties I will undertake Your grace
             shall well and quietly enjoiy.        --Shak.
             I dare undertake they will not lose their labor.
    4. To assume, as a character. [Obs.] --Shak.
    5. To engage with; to attack. [Obs.]
             It is not fit your lordship should undertake every
             companion that you give offense to.   --Shak.
    6. To have knowledge of; to hear. [Obs.] --Spenser.
    7. To take or have the charge of. [Obs.] ``Who undertakes you
       to your end.'' --Shak.
             Keep well those that ye undertake.    --Chaucer.
  2. \Un`der*take"\, v. i.
    1. To take upon one's self, or assume, any business, duty, or
             O Lord, I am oppressed; undertake for me. --Isa.
                                                   xxxviii. 14.
    2. To venture; to hazard. [Obs.]
             It is the cowish terror of his spirit That dare not
             undertake.                            --Shak.
    3. To give a promise or guarantee; to be surety.
             But on mine honor dare I undertake For good lord
             Titus' innocence in all.              --Shak.