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un·der·take

 (ŭn′dər-tāk′)
v. un·der·took (-to͝ok′), un·der·tak·en, un·der·tak·ing, un·der·takes
v.tr.
1. To deliberately begin to do (something): undertake a task.
2. To pledge or commit oneself (to do something): undertake to care for an elderly relative.
3. To promise or guarantee: "The man undertook that one room at least should be ready for occupation the next day" (Thomas Hardy).
v.intr. Archaic
To make oneself responsible. Used with for.

undertake

(ˌʌndəˈteɪk)
vb, -takes, -taking, -took or -taken
1. (tr) to contract to or commit oneself to (something) or (to do something): to undertake a job; to undertake to deliver the goods.
2. (tr) to attempt to; agree to start
3. (tr) to take (someone) in charge
4. archaic (foll by: for) to make oneself responsible (for)
5. (tr) to promise

un•der•take

(ˌʌn dərˈteɪk)

v. -took, -tak•en, -tak•ing. v.t.
1. to take upon oneself, as a task or performance; attempt: He undertook the job of answering the mail.
2. to obligate oneself (fol. by an infinitive).
3. to warrant or guarantee (fol. by a clause): to undertake that a loan is fully secured.
4. to take in charge.
v.i.
5. Archaic. to engage oneself by promise or guarantee.
[1150–1200]

undertake


Past participle: undertaken
Gerund: undertaking

Imperative
undertake
undertake
Present
I undertake
you undertake
he/she/it undertakes
we undertake
you undertake
they undertake
Preterite
I undertook
you undertook
he/she/it undertook
we undertook
you undertook
they undertook
Present Continuous
I am undertaking
you are undertaking
he/she/it is undertaking
we are undertaking
you are undertaking
they are undertaking
Present Perfect
I have undertaken
you have undertaken
he/she/it has undertaken
we have undertaken
you have undertaken
they have undertaken
Past Continuous
I was undertaking
you were undertaking
he/she/it was undertaking
we were undertaking
you were undertaking
they were undertaking
Past Perfect
I had undertaken
you had undertaken
he/she/it had undertaken
we had undertaken
you had undertaken
they had undertaken
Future
I will undertake
you will undertake
he/she/it will undertake
we will undertake
you will undertake
they will undertake
Future Perfect
I will have undertaken
you will have undertaken
he/she/it will have undertaken
we will have undertaken
you will have undertaken
they will have undertaken
Future Continuous
I will be undertaking
you will be undertaking
he/she/it will be undertaking
we will be undertaking
you will be undertaking
they will be undertaking
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been undertaking
you have been undertaking
he/she/it has been undertaking
we have been undertaking
you have been undertaking
they have been undertaking
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been undertaking
you will have been undertaking
he/she/it will have been undertaking
we will have been undertaking
you will have been undertaking
they will have been undertaking
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been undertaking
you had been undertaking
he/she/it had been undertaking
we had been undertaking
you had been undertaking
they had been undertaking
Conditional
I would undertake
you would undertake
he/she/it would undertake
we would undertake
you would undertake
they would undertake
Past Conditional
I would have undertaken
you would have undertaken
he/she/it would have undertaken
we would have undertaken
you would have undertaken
they would have undertaken
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.undertake - enter upon an activity or enterpriseundertake - enter upon an activity or enterprise
initiate, pioneer - take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of; "This South African surgeon pioneered heart transplants"
2.undertake - accept as a challengeundertake - accept as a challenge; "I'll tackle this difficult task"
face, face up, confront - deal with (something unpleasant) head on; "You must confront your problems"; "He faced the terrible consequences of his mistakes"
rise - exert oneself to meet a challenge; "rise to a challenge"; "rise to the occasion"
3.undertake - promise to do or accomplishundertake - promise to do or accomplish; "guarantee to free the prisoners"
promise, assure - make a promise or commitment
subvent, subvention, underwrite - guarantee financial support of; "The opera tour was subvented by a bank"
4.undertake - enter into a contractual arrangementundertake - enter into a contractual arrangement
promise, assure - make a promise or commitment
stipulate - make an oral contract or agreement in the verbal form of question and answer that is necessary to give it legal force
sign - be engaged by a written agreement; "He signed to play the casino on Dec. 18"; "The soprano signed to sing the new opera"
specify, stipulate, condition, qualify - specify as a condition or requirement in a contract or agreement; make an express demand or provision in an agreement; "The will stipulates that she can live in the house for the rest of her life"; "The contract stipulates the dates of the payments"
lease, rent - let for money; "We rented our apartment to friends while we were abroad"
charter, hire, lease, rent - hold under a lease or rental agreement; of goods and services
5.undertake - accept as a chargeundertake - accept as a charge      
consent, go for, accept - give an affirmative reply to; respond favorably to; "I cannot accept your invitation"; "I go for this resolution"

undertake

verb
1. take on, embark on, set about, commence, try, begin, attempt, tackle, enter upon, endeavour to do She undertook the arduous task of monitoring the elections.
2. agree, promise, contract, guarantee, engage, pledge, covenant, commit yourself, take upon yourself He undertook to edit the text himself.

undertake

verb
1. To take upon oneself:
2. To assume an obligation:
Translations
يَتَعَهَّديَقْبَل المَسؤوليَّه
ujmout sezavázat se
love
skuldbinda sigtaka aî sér
laidojimo biuro agentaspasižadėti
apņemtiesapsolītuzņemties
ujať sa
obvezati seprevzeti
bir şey yapmaya söz vermeküstlenmekyüklenmek

undertake

[ˌʌndəˈteɪk] (undertook (pt) (undertaken (pp))) [ˌʌndəˈteɪkən]
A. VT [+ task] → emprender; [+ responsibility] → asumir
to undertake to do sthcomprometerse a hacer algo
to undertake thatcomprometerse a que ...
B. VT (Brit) (Aut) → adelantar por el lado contrario or el carril indebido
C. VI (Brit) (Aut) → adelantar por el lado contrario or el carril indebido

undertake

[ˌʌndərˈteɪk] [undertook] [ˌʌndərˈtʊk] (pt) [undertaken] (pp) vt
[+ job, task] → entreprendre; [+ duty] → se charger de; [+ research, investigation] → entreprendre
(= promise) to undertake to do sth → s'engager à faire qch

undertake

pret <undertook> ptp <undertaken>
vt
job, duty, responsibilityübernehmen; riskeingehen, auf sich (acc)nehmen; study, research, reformdurchführen; tourmachen; he undertook to be our guideer übernahm es, unser Führer zu sein
(= agree, promise)sich verpflichten; (= guarantee)garantieren

undertake

[ˌʌndəˈteɪk] (undertook (pt) (undertaken (pp))) [ˌʌndəˈteɪkn] vt (task) → intraprendere; (responsibility) → assumersi
to undertake to do sth → impegnarsi a fare qc

undertake

(andəˈteik) verbpast tense ˌunderˈtook (-ˈtuk) past participle ˌunderˈtaken
1. to accept (a duty, task, responsibility etc). He undertook the job willingly.
2. to promise (eg to do something). He has undertaken to appear at the police court tomorrow.
ˈundertaker (-teikə) noun
a person who organizes funerals.
ˌunderˈtaking noun
1. a task or piece of work. I didn't realize what a large undertaking this job would be.
2. a promise. He made an undertaking that he would pay the money back.

undertake

vi. emprender, iniciar, tomar la iniciativa.
References in classic literature ?
We will, therefore, go back, and light our fire to-night in the ruins of the old fort, and in the morning we shall be fresh, and ready to undertake our work like men, and not like babbling women or eager boys.
Few secrets can escape an investigator, who has opportunity and licence to undertake such a quest, and skill to follow it up.
I'll put it before him," I went on inexorably, "that I can't undertake to work the question on behalf of a child who has been expelled--"
Then, a short, little old body like me, should never undertake to wade out into deep waters with tall, heron-built captains; the water chucks you under the chin pretty quick, and there's a great cry for life-boats.
A woman should not undertake to nurse a tender little child without knowing what is good and what is bad for it.
It is true, we are but faint-hearted crusaders, even the walkers, nowadays, who undertake no persevering, never-ending enterprises.
I had found it a sufficiently difficult job to reduce the king's style to a peasant's style, even when he was a willing and anxious pupil; now then, to undertake to reduce the king's style to a slave's style -- and by force -- go to
One day it occurred to me that it had been many years since the world had been afforded the spectacle of a man adventurous enough to undertake a journey through Europe on foot.
On the one occasion when she essayed the part of the tree's romantic protector, she represented herself as feeling "so awful foolish" that she refused to undertake it again, much to the secret delight of Rebecca, who found the woodman's role much too tame for her vaulting ambition.
They are professedly a custom established by the benevolence of the slaveholders; but I undertake to say, it is the result of selfishness, and one of the grossest frauds committed upon the down-trodden slave.
She thanked him for it with all her heart, spoke of Edward's principles and disposition with that praise which she knew them to deserve; and promised to undertake the commission with pleasure, if it were really his wish to put off so agreeable an office to another.
is desirous of meeting with a situation in a private family where the children are under fourteen (I thought that as I was barely eighteen, it would not do to undertake the guidance of pupils nearer my own age).