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NOUN (2)

1. any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted;
- Example: "he prepared for great undertakings"
[syn: undertaking, project, task, labor]

2. the trade of a funeral director;

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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Undertake \Un`der*take"\, v. t. [imp. Undertook; p. p. Undertaken; p. pr. & vb. n. Undertaking.] [Under + take.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster] To second, or oppose, or undertake The perilous attempt. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. 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. [1913 Webster] I 'll undertake to land them on our coast. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. Hence, to guarantee; to promise; to affirm. [1913 Webster] And he was not right fat, I undertake. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] And those two counties I will undertake Your grace shall well and quietly enjoiy. --Shak. [1913 Webster] I dare undertake they will not lose their labor. --Woodward. [1913 Webster] 4. To assume, as a character. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster] 5. To engage with; to attack. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] It is not fit your lordship should undertake every companion that you give offense to. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 6. To have knowledge of; to hear. [Obs.] --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 7. To take or have the charge of. [Obs.] "Who undertakes you to your end." --Shak. [1913 Webster] Keep well those that ye undertake. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Undertaking \Un`der*tak"ing\, n. 1. The act of one who undertakes, or engages in, any project or business. --Hakluyt. [1913 Webster] 2. That which is undertaken; any business, work, or project which a person engages in, or attempts to perform; an enterprise. [1913 Webster] 3. Specifically, the business of an undertaker, or the management of funerals. [1913 Webster] 4. A promise or pledge; a guarantee. --A. Trollope. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

undertaking n 1: any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted; "he prepared for great undertakings" [syn: undertaking, project, task, labor] 2: the trade of a funeral director
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

123 Moby Thesaurus words for "undertaking": accomplished fact, accomplishment, achievement, act, acta, action, activities, activity, adventure, affair, affairs, agreement, approach, assay, assurance, attempt, bag, bail, bid, blow, bond, business, commerce, commitment, concern, concernment, contract, coup, crack, dealings, deed, doing, doings, earnest, earnest money, effort, employ, employment, endeavor, engagement, enterprise, escrow, essay, experiment, exploit, fait accompli, feat, fling, function, gage, gambit, gest, go, guarantee, guaranty, hand, handiwork, handsel, hassle, hock, hostage, interest, job, labor, lick, lookout, mainprise, maneuver, matter, measure, move, obligation, occupation, offer, operation, overt act, passage, pawn, performance, performing, pignus, pledge, preengagement, proceeding, production, project, promise, realization, recognizance, replevin, replevy, res gestae, service, shot, stab, step, striving, stroke, strong bid, struggle, stunt, surety, task, tentative, thing, thing done, token payment, tour de force, transaction, trial, trial and error, try, turn, understanding, vadimonium, vadium, venture, verbal agreement, vow, warranty, whack, work, works
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

UNDERTAKING, contracts. An engagement by one of the parties to a contract to the other, and not the mutual engagement of the parties to each other; a promise. 5 East, R. 17; 2 Leon. 224, 5; 4 B, & A. 595.