undertakings

undertaking

[uhn-der-tey-king, uhn-der-tey- for 1–3; uhn-der-tey-king 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:
1325–75; Middle English; see under, taking


2. project, endeavor, job, effort, venture.
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undertaking (ˈʌndəˌteɪkɪŋ)
 
n
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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undertake
c.1200, "to entrap," in the same sense as O.E. underniman (cf. Du. ondernemen, Ger. unternehmen), of which it is a partial loan-translation, from under + take. Cf. also Fr. entreprendre "to undertake," from entre "between, among" + prendre "to take."
The under in this word may be the same one that also may form the first element of understand. Meaning "to accept" is attested from mid-13c.; that of "to take upon oneself, to accept the duty of" is from c.1300. Undertaking "enterprise" is recorded from early 15c.
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