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undertaking

[uhn-der-tey-king, uhn-der-tey- for 1–3; uhn-der-tey-king for 4] /ˌʌn dərˈteɪ kɪŋ, ˈʌn dərˌteɪ- for 1–3; ˈʌn dərˌteɪ kɪŋ for 4/
noun
1.
the act of a person who undertakes any task or responsibility.
2.
a task, enterprise, etc., undertaken.
3.
a promise; pledge; guarantee.
4.
the business of an undertaker or funeral director.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English; see under, taking
Synonyms
2. project, endeavor, job, effort, venture.
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British Dictionary definitions for undertakings

undertaking

/ˈʌndəˌteɪkɪŋ/
noun
1.
something undertaken; task, venture, or enterprise
2.
an agreement to do something
3.
the business of an undertaker
4.
(informal) the practice of overtaking on an inner lane a vehicle which is travelling in an outer lane
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Word Origin and History for undertakings

undertaking

n.

"enterprise," early 15c., verbal noun from undertake (v.).

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