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verb [transitive] undertake pronunciation in American English /ˌʌndərˈteɪk/
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present tense
present participleundertaking
past tenseundertook
past participleundertaken
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  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

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