音标: [ˌʌndərˈteɪk]

When you undertake a task or challenge, you attempt to accomplish it. If you want to undertake a verbal challenge right now, try saying “sushi chef” ten times quickly without messing up.

Way back in the 13th century, undertake meant “seize” or “entrap.” Of course, the meaning has shifted significantly since then, and we hope you don’t feel entrapped when you decide to undertake a project. However, undertake does convey a level of commitment and involvement that’s somewhat stronger than the words try or attempt might suggest.


All right, then. Just shout when you hear the task you want to undertake.

We want to ask you. Will you undertake a mission?

As head of Space Division, I personally undertook the investigation.

“I cannot and will not give any undertaking at a time when I and you, the people, are not free.”

I am well aware of the hardship I will be facing and the first to admit I am remarkably unqualified for such a hazardous undertaking.

I know I’m proposing an enormous undertaking