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verb [transitive]     undertake pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participleundertaking
past tenseundertook
past participleundertaken
  1. 1
    to agree to be responsible for a job or a project and do it

    The court will undertake a serious examination of the case.

    It is one of the largest dam projects ever undertaken.

  2. 2
    formal to promise to do something
    undertake to do something:

    State senators undertook to use federal funds for improving schools.

    To join the club, you have to undertake to buy a minimum of six books a year.

  3. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    to go past another vehicle from a lane inside them

    I'm forever reading about how cyclists shouldn't undertake HGVs, and that's certainly valid.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 05/06/2013


to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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