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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 un·der·take /ˌʌndɚ/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Un·der·take v. t. [imp. Undertook p. p. Undertaken p. pr. & vb. n. Undertaking.]
 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 attempt.
 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.   --Woodward.
 4. To assume, as a character. [Obs.]
 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.]
 7. To take or have the charge of. [Obs.] “Who undertakes you to your end.”
    Keep well those that ye undertake.   --Chaucer.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Un·der·take, v. i.
 1. To take upon one's self, or assume, any business, duty, or province.
    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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      v 1: enter upon an activity or enterprise [syn: set about, attempt]
      2: accept as a challenge; "I'll tackle this difficult task"
         [syn: tackle, take on]
      3: promise to do or accomplish; "guarantee to free the
         prisoners" [syn: guarantee]
      4: enter into a contractual arrangement [syn: contract]
      5: accept as a charge [syn: take in charge]
      [also: undertook, undertaken]