from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To take upon oneself; decide or agree to do: undertake a task.
- transitive v. To pledge or commit oneself: undertake to care for an elderly relative.
- transitive v. To set about; begin.
- transitive v. Obsolete To accept combat with.
- intransitive v. Archaic To make oneself responsible. Used with for.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To take upon oneself; to start, to embark on (a specific task etc.).
- v. To commit oneself (to an obligation, activity etc.).
- v. to overtake on the wrong side.
- v. To pledge; to assert, assure; to dare say.
- v. To take by trickery; to trap, to seize upon.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v. Hence, to guarantee; to promise; to affirm.
- transitive v. To assume, as a character.
- transitive v. To engage with; to attack.
- transitive v. To have knowledge of; to hear.
- transitive v. To take or have the charge of.
- intransitive v. To take upon one's self, or assume, any business, duty, or province.
- intransitive v. To venture; to hazard.
- intransitive v. To give a promise or guarantee; to be surety.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To take on one's self; often, to take formally or expressly on one's self; lay one's self under obligations or enter into stipulations to perform or execute; pledge one's self to.
- To engage in; enter upon; take in hand; begin to perform; set about; attempt; essay.
- To warrant; answer for; guarantee; affirm: especially with a following clause.
- To take in; hear; understand; have knowledge of. To assume, as a character.
- To engage with; have to do with; attack.
- To have the charge of.
- Synonyms and Essay, Endeavor, etc. See attempt.
- To take up or assume any business, responsibility, or venture.
- To promise; be bound; warrant; answer for something; guarantee.
- Specifically To manage funerals, and arrange all the details for burying the dead.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. accept as a challenge
- v. enter upon an activity or enterprise
- v. accept as a charge
- v. enter into a contractual arrangement
- v. promise to do or accomplish
From Middle English undertaken, equivalent to under- + take (after undernim). (Wiktionary)