Definition of undertaking noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌʌndəˈteɪkɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌʌndərˈteɪkɪŋ//
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  1. 1[countable] a task or project, especially one that is important and/or difficult synonym venture He is interested in buying the club as a commercial undertaking. In those days, the trip across country was a dangerous undertaking.
  2. 2[countable] (formal) an agreement or a promise to do something undertaking (to do something) a government undertaking to spend more on education undertaking (that…) The landlord gave a written undertaking that the repairs would be carried out.
  3. 3
    BrE BrE//ˈʌndəteɪkɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʌndərteɪkɪŋ//
    [uncountable] the business of an undertaker
  4. Extra examples The factory failed to honour its undertaking to stop dumping waste into the local river. We have to decide if this is a worthwhile commercial undertaking. the first joint undertaking of the two societies He gave an undertaking that he would not interfere again. Neither side had honoured its undertaking to end the conflict.
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