Definitions for: Undertake

[v] enter into a contractual arrangement
[v] promise or guarantee
[v] enter upon an activity or enterprise
[v] accept as a charge
[v] accept as a challenge

Webster (1913) Definition: Un`der*take", v. t. [imp. Undertook; p. p.
Undertaken; p. pr. & vb. n. Undertaking.] [Under + take.]
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

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.

4. To assume, as a character. [Obs.] --Shak.

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.] --Spenser.

7. To take or have the charge of. [Obs.] ``Who undertakes you
to your end.'' --Shak.

Keep well those that ye undertake. --Chaucer.

Un`der*take", v. i.
1. To take upon one's self, or assume, any business, duty, or

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.

Synonyms: attempt, contract, guarantee, set about, tackle, take in charge, take on

See Also: accept, assure, charter, condition, confront, consent, covenant, face, face up, go for, hire, initiate, lease, pioneer, promise, qualify, rent, sign, specify, stipulate, subvent, underwrite

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