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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 ?
His instance is, that for the achieving of a desperate conspiracy, a man should not rest upon the fierceness of any man's nature, or his resolute undertakings; but take such an one, as hath had his hands formerly in blood.
"The proposal for this scientific undertaking was officially made, yesterday, at the rooms of the Royal Geographical Society, and the sum of twenty-five hundred pounds was voted to defray the expenses of the enterprise.
I arrived here yesterday, and my first task is to assure my dear sister of my welfare and increasing confidence in the success of my undertaking.
With equal readiness will it be perceived, that besides these inducements to candor, many allowances ought to be made for the difficulties inherent in the very nature of the undertaking referred to the convention.
According to agreement they were fitted out with horses, traps, ammunition, and everything requisite for their undertaking, and were to bring in all the peltries they should collect, either to this trading post, or to the establishment at the mouth of Columbia River.
Conditions favoured the undertaking. The Ghost was slipping through the water at no more than three miles an hour, and the sea was fairly calm.
Navigation was always a difficult art, Though with only one ship and one bell: And he feared he must really decline, for his part, Undertaking another as well.
I consider that, more than to anything else, I owe the success of our great undertaking to arnica and paregoric.
For although I recognized various difficulties in this undertaking, these were not, however, without remedy, nor once to be compared with such as attend the slightest reformation in public affairs.
If we wish to see King Roquat of the Rocks, we must visit his own country, where he is all powerful, and therefore it will be a dangerous undertaking."
The mysterious habits of Phileas Fogg were recalled; his solitary ways, his sudden departure; and it seemed clear that, in undertaking a tour round the world on the pretext of a wager, he had had no other end in view than to elude the detectives, and throw them off his track.
The additions to the number of 'episodes' or acts, and the other accessories of which tradition; tells, must be taken as already described; for to discuss them in detail would, doubtless, be a large undertaking.