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Definition of "undertake" []

  • To take upon oneself; decide or agree to do: undertake a task. (verb-transitive)
  • To pledge or commit oneself: undertake to care for an elderly relative. (verb-transitive)
  • To set about; begin. (verb-transitive)
  • Obsolete To accept combat with. (verb-transitive)
  • Archaic To make oneself responsible. Used with for. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "undertake" in a sentence
  • "Because the journey I am asking readers to undertake is emotional and troubling, I knew I wanted a strong narrative pull, a mystery that would add urgency to their reading."
  • "With no goal in sight any effort we undertake is worthless."
  • "One visit I have planned and can now undertake is to the ruins of Monte Alban - The White Mountain - in Oaxaca State still further to the South."