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un·der·tak·ing

 (ŭn′dər-tā′kĭng)
n.
1. A task or venture undertaken: Climbing the mountain was a dangerous undertaking.
2. The action of beginning a task or venture: the undertaking of the expedition.
3. A guaranty, pledge, or promise: gave an undertaking that he would not disclose trade secrets.
4. The profession or duties of a funeral director.

undertaking

(ˈʌndəˌteɪkɪŋ)
n
1. something undertaken; task, venture, or enterprise
2. an agreement to do something
3. the business of an undertaker
4. (Automotive Engineering) informal the practice of overtaking on an inner lane a vehicle which is travelling in an outer lane

un•der•tak•ing

(ˌʌn dərˈteɪ kɪŋ, ˈʌn dərˌteɪ- for 1-3; ˈʌn dərˌteɪ kɪŋ for 4,5 )

n.
1. the act of a person who undertakes any task or responsibility.
2. a task, enterprise, etc., undertaken.
3. a pledge or guarantee.
4. the business of an undertaker or funeral director.
adj.
5. pertaining to such a business.
[1325–75]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.undertaking - any piece of work that is undertaken or attemptedundertaking - any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted; "he prepared for great undertakings"
child's play, cinch, duck soup, piece of cake, pushover, breeze, walkover, picnic, snap - any undertaking that is easy to do; "marketing this product will be no picnic"
work - activity directed toward making or doing something; "she checked several points needing further work"
adventure, dangerous undertaking, escapade, risky venture - a wild and exciting undertaking (not necessarily lawful)
assignment - an undertaking that you have been assigned to do (as by an instructor)
baby - a project of personal concern to someone; "this project is his baby"
endeavor, endeavour, enterprise - a purposeful or industrious undertaking (especially one that requires effort or boldness); "he had doubts about the whole enterprise"
labor of love, labour of love - productive work performed voluntarily without material reward or compensation
endurance contest, marathon - any long and arduous undertaking
no-brainer - anything that requires little thought
proposition - a task to be dealt with; "securing adequate funding is a time-consuming proposition"
large order, tall order - a formidable task or requirement; "finishing in time was a tall order but we did it"
venture - any venturesome undertaking especially one with an uncertain outcome
2.undertaking - the trade of a funeral directorundertaking - the trade of a funeral director  
craft, trade - the skilled practice of a practical occupation; "he learned his trade as an apprentice"

undertaking

noun
1. task, business, operation, project, game, attempt, effort, affair, venture, enterprise, endeavour Organizing the show has been a massive undertaking.
2. promise, commitment, pledge, word, vow, assurance, word of honour, solemn word British Coal gave an undertaking that it was maintaining the pits.

undertaking

noun
Something undertaken, especially something requiring extensive planning and work:
Translations
إلْتِزامعَمَل، مُهِمَّه
podnikzávazek
løfteopgave
vállalás
skuldbinding, formlegt loforîverkefni, viîfangsefni

undertaking

[ˌʌndəˈteɪkɪŋ] N
1. (= enterprise) → empresa f; (= task) → tarea f
2. (= pledge) → garantía f
to give an undertaking thatgarantizar que ...
I can give no such undertakingno puedo garantizar tal cosa, no puedo prometer eso
3. [ˈʌndəˌteɪkɪŋ] (Brit) (Aut) → adelantamiento m por el lado contrario or el carril indebido
4. [ˈʌndəˌteɪkɪŋ] (Brit) (= arranging funerals) → pompas fpl fúnebres

undertaking

[ˈʌndərteɪkɪŋ] n
(= venture) → entreprise f
(= promise) → engagement m
to give an undertaking to do sth → s'engager à faire qch
to give an undertaking that ... → s'engager à ce que + subj ...

undertaking

1
n
(= enterprise)Vorhaben nt, → Unternehmen nt; (esp Comm: = project) → Projekt nt
(= promise)Zusicherung f, → Wort nt; I give you my solemn undertaking that I will never do it againich verpflichte mich feierlich, es nie wieder zu tun; I can give no such undertakingdas kann ich nicht versprechen
(= funeral business)Bestattungsgewerbe nt

undertaking

2
n (Brit Aut inf) → Überholen ntauf der Innenseite

undertaking

[ˌʌndəˈteɪkɪŋ] n
a. (task) → impresa
it is quite an undertaking! → è una bella impresa!
b. (promise) → promessa, assicurazione f
to give an undertaking that ... → dare la propria parola che...

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.
References in classic literature ?
March would not hear of the old gentleman's undertaking the long journey, yet an expression of relief was visible when he spoke of it, for anxiety ill fits one for traveling.
Harling made garden that spring, we could feel the stir of her undertaking through the willow hedge that separated our place from hers.
As Hawkeye ceased speaking, four human heads could be seen peering above a few logs of drift-wood that had lodged on these naked rocks, and which had probably suggested the idea of the practicability of the hazardous undertaking.
This I accepted, and at the request of the same gentlemen, undertook to mark out a road in the best passage from the settlement through the wilderness to Kentucke, with such assistance as I thought necessary to employ for such an important undertaking.
The old gentlewoman stole behind Phoebe, and peeped from the passageway into the shop, to note how she would manage her undertaking.
This faith, more than anything else, steals the pith and availability out of whatever enterprise he may dream of undertaking.
That's charming news to be sent him by a governess whose prime undertaking was to give him no worry.
Nothing but the difficulty of arranging it so that both sides of the page would show at once stood in the way of this undertaking.
Nothing could save the twins but the discovery of a person who did the murder on his sole personal account--an undertaking which had all the aspect of the impossible.
In order to do this, I must that afternoon walk seven miles; and this, under the circumstances, was truly a severe undertaking.
To some few of the company it appeared rather a bold undertaking, considering the time of year, and that it had rained every day for the last fortnight;-- and Mrs.
Necessity, which knows no law, either in the drama or out of it, accepted a lad of eighteen as the representative of "Sir Anthony Absolute"; the stage-manager undertaking to supply the necessary wrinkles from the illimitable resources of theatrical art.