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verb [transitive] undertake pronunciation in British English /ˌʌndə(r)ˈteɪk/
Word Forms
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.
    The most recent survey of rare birds was undertaken in 1991.
    It is one of the largest dam projects ever undertaken.
  2. 2
    formal to promise to do something
    undertake to do something: The government has undertaken to tackle unemployment as a priority.
    To join the club, you have to undertake to buy a minimum of six books a year.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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