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

 un·der·tak·ing /ˈʌndɚ/

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·tak·ing, n.
 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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