verb enter upon an activity or enterprise
set about; attempt.
verb accept as a challenge
tackle; take on.
- I'll tackle this difficult task
verb promise to do or accomplish
- guarantee to free the prisoners
verb enter into a contractual arrangement
verb accept as a charge
take in charge.
Un`der*take" transitive verb
imperfect Undertook ; past participle Undertaken ; present participle & verbal noun Undertaking
- 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.
To second, or oppose, or undertake
The perilous attempt.
- 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.
- Hence, to guarantee; to promise; to affirm.
And he was not right fat, I undertake.
And those two counties I will undertake
Your grace shall well and quietly enjoiy.
I dare undertake they will not lose their labor.
- To assume, as a character. Obs.
- To engage with; to attack. Obs.
It is not fit your lordship should undertake every companion that you give offense to.
- To have knowledge of; to hear. Obs.
- To take or have the charge of. Obs. "Who undertakes you to your end."
Keep well those that ye undertake.
Un`der*take" intransitive verb
- To take upon one's self, or assume, any business, duty, or province.
O Lord, I am oppressed; undertake for me.
Isa. xxxviii. 14.
- To venture; to hazard. Obs.
It is the cowish terror of his spirit
That dare not undertake.
- To give a promise or guarantee; to be surety.
But on mine honor dare I undertake
For good lord Titus' innocence in all.
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