Definition of undertaking in English:



  • 1A formal pledge or promise to do something.

    ‘I give an undertaking that we shall proceed with the legislation’
    • ‘The manager was very understanding of the problems encountered by the organiser this year and gave an undertaking that he would review procedures.’
    • ‘I had to sign an undertaking that I would come back and surrender myself to the authorities.’
    • ‘We had an undertaking that we would be able to speak.’
    • ‘He has then given an undertaking that until the wife goes back to court, he will not seek to take the child from the wife's control.’
    • ‘As a result of this agreement, doctors gave the health authorities an undertaking that they would resume overtime duties with immediate effect.’
    • ‘They were given an undertaking that this law would be passed.’
    • ‘If there is to be an economy of scale we'd like an undertaking that the university will make sure there are going to be no compulsory job losses.’
    • ‘The station was asked to give an undertaking that it will present any argument or discussion about the new broadcast franchise in a fair and balanced way while it continues on the air.’
    • ‘He said he gave residents an undertaking that he would deal with anti-social behaviour.’
    • ‘If counsel breaches such an undertaking that can be dealt with.’
    • ‘He gave an undertaking that everything would be up and running before the end of this month.’
    • ‘Saplings will be given free of cost to all those who give an undertaking that they would take care of them.’
    • ‘Mr. Power gave an undertaking that potholes on the road would be filled and that adequate lighting would be provided on barrels while the work was ongoing.’
    • ‘In the application, my learned friend said that, if it was to be granted, there was an agreement or, at least, there was an undertaking that costs would be paid in any event to the respondent.’
    • ‘He made it clear that, unless we issued him with an undertaking that we would not publish her name, he was instructed to seek an immediate interdict to prevent us naming her.’
    • ‘Much of the process is now automated, and the banks have given an undertaking that they will respond within five days.’
    • ‘When we made the original deal we gave an undertaking that we would let the Council see what we are doing.’
    • ‘Well, the customs of marriage in the Roman Catholic Church include an additional requirement - that is, an undertaking that one will have children.’
    • ‘The company in Italy has given us an undertaking that the lift will be operational by April 10.’
    • ‘There is also an undertaking that the applicant had 28 days at that period of time in which to lodge the application.’
    pledge, agreement, promise, oath, covenant, vow, word, word of honour, solemn word, bond, commitment, guarantee, assurance, warrant, contract, compact
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    1. 1.1 The action of undertaking to do something.
      ‘the knowing undertaking of an obligation’
      • ‘In undertaking that task, it may be, and commonly will be, necessary to make some assessment of the strength of the case for invalidity.’
      • ‘The strength of practice nurses, says the writer, is that the care they offer patients is based on research rather than the ritualistic undertaking of tasks allocated by general practitioners.’
      • ‘It is not to be involved in the actual undertaking of the task to gather the evidence.’
      • ‘The film is organised around the undertaking of a single task.’
  • 2A task that is taken on; an enterprise.

    ‘a mammoth undertaking that involved digging into the side of a cliff face’
    • ‘Reprising his Oscar winning role was a risky undertaking.’
    • ‘Irrespective of the success of the government's latest initiative, eradicating poverty among such a large proportion of the population would prove a mammoth undertaking.’
    • ‘At-home hair coloring used to be a risky undertaking: Too often, hair ended up looking like a botched science experiment.’
    • ‘Frankly, I don't think so, even if the undertaking should prove risky and difficult.’
    • ‘As he suggests, it's a risky undertaking, but one the reader will believe worth the effort’
    • ‘From the start, it was clearly a mammoth undertaking, but Jack feels it was worth it.’
    • ‘The 1956 Suez Crisis was a multilateral enterprise - an undertaking by France, Great Britain, and Israel.’
    • ‘From the beginning, however, the system was built on trust - a risky undertaking in a society where profit rarely takes a backseat to trust.’
    • ‘The task was a mammoth undertaking, requiring thousands of hours of research, writing, sourcing photographs and planning the events of the day itself.’
    • ‘It has been a mammoth undertaking and is the culmination of many hundreds of hours of research, editing and printing.’
    • ‘That's a big project, a huge undertaking, and I didn't necessarily understand how big it would be.’
    • ‘Building roads is an undertaking that is unlikely to get any cheaper any time soon.’
    • ‘It was a mammoth undertaking, a five-year project in the planning, filmed over 15 months and involving over 90 speaking parts.’
    • ‘The appetite for political consulting is triggered by the recognition that campaigning is an undertaking for professionals.’
    • ‘But the sympathetic atmosphere of the present occasion gives me the confidence to carry out such a risky undertaking.’
    • ‘He stressed that it will be a mammoth undertaking.’
    • ‘‘The task ahead for you is a mammoth undertaking to ensure the continuation of our fishing industries,’ he told the 300 delegates.’
    • ‘But in terms of practicality, getting it done, getting it written, getting it edited, a series would be a mammoth undertaking at this point.’
    • ‘Keeping these items safe will be a mammoth undertaking.’
    • ‘‘It would be a mammoth undertaking to have all the big countries and their supporters coming here,’ Smith admitted.’
    enterprise, venture, project, campaign, scheme, plan, operation, endeavour, effort, task, assignment, charge, activity, pursuit, exploit, job, business, affair, procedure, proceeding, process, transaction
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  • 3The management of funerals as a profession.