Undertake

Definition of Undertake

Un`der`take´
v. t.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.
[imp. Undertook ; p. p. Undertaken ; p. pr. & vb. n. Undertaking.]
To second, or oppose, or undertake
The perilous attempt.
- Milton.
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.
I 'll undertake to land them on our coast.
- Shak.
3.Hence, to guarantee; to promise; to affirm.
And he was not right fat, I undertake.
- Dryden.
And those two counties I will undertake
Your grace shall well and quietly enjoiy.
- Shak.
I dare undertake they will not lose their labor.
- Woodward.
4.To assume, as a character.
5.To engage with; to attack.
It is not fit your lordship should undertake every companion that you give offense to.
- Shak.
6.To have knowledge of; to hear.
7.To take or have the charge of.
Keep well those that ye undertake.
- Chaucer.
v. i.1.To take upon one's self, or assume, any business, duty, or province.
O Lord, I am oppressed; undertake for me.
- Isa. xxxviii. 14.
2.To venture; to hazard.
It is the cowish terror of his spirit
That dare not undertake.
- Shak.
3.To give a promise or guarantee; to be surety.
But on mine honor dare I undertake
For good lord Titus' innocence in all.
- Shak.

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