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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A task or assignment undertaken; a venture.
  • n. A guaranty, engagement, or promise.
  • n. The profession or duties of a funeral director.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Specifically, the business of an undertaker, or the management of funerals.
  • n. A promise or pledge; a guarantee.
  • n. That which is undertaken; any business, work, or project which a person engages in, or attempts to perform; an enterprise.
  • n. The act of one who undertakes, or engages in, any project or business.
  • v. Present participle of undertake.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of one who undertakes, or engages in, any project or business.
  • n. That which is undertaken; any business, work, or project which a person engages in, or attempts to perform; an enterprise.
  • n. Specifically, the business of an undertaker, or the management of funerals.
  • n. A promise or pledge; a guarantee.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Enterprising.
  • n. The act of one who undertakes or engages to do any business, office, or duty.
  • n. That which is undertaken; a business, work, or project which a person engages in or attempts to perform; an enterprise.
  • n. The business of an undertaker, or manager of funerals. A promise; an engagement; an obligation; a guaranty; specifically, in American law, a formal obligation entered into by or on behalf of a party to litigation, and usually with sureties, for the payment of money or performance of some act if it should be adjudged due or otherwise become required, such an obligation being usually required as a condition of taking some step in the action, as, for instance, appealing or issuing an order of arrest or attachment.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted
  • n. the trade of a funeral director

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  • "Though you pay for the hands they're shaking
    The speeches and the mistakes they're making
    As they struggle with the undertaking of
    Simple thought."

    February 20, 2007