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.
1. The act of one who undertakes, or engages in, any project or business.
2. That which is undertaken; any business, work, or project which a person engages in, or attempts to perform; an enterprise.
3. Specifically, the business of an undertaker, or the management of funerals.
4. A promise or pledge; a guarantee.
n 1: any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted; "he
prepared for great undertakings" [syn: project, task,
2: the trade of a funeral director