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.

Definitions of undertake
  1. verb
    enter upon an activity or enterprise
    synonyms: attempt, set about
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    type of:
    initiate, pioneer
    take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of
  2. verb
    promise to do or accomplish
    synonyms: guarantee
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    subvent, subvention, underwrite
    guarantee financial support of
    type of:
    assure, promise
    make a promise or commitment
  3. verb
    enter into a contractual arrangement
    synonyms: contract
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    make an oral contract or agreement in the verbal form of question and answer that is necessary to give it legal force
    be engaged by a written agreement
    condition, qualify, specify, stipulate
    specify as a condition or requirement in a contract or agreement; make an express demand or provision in an agreement
    lease, rent
    let for money
    charter, hire, lease, rent
    hold under a lease or rental agreement; of goods and services
    sign at the bottom of (a document)
    append one's signature to
    autograph, inscribe
    mark with one's signature
    mark with one's initials
    add one's signature to after another's to attest authenticity
    sign in the presence of witnesses
    endorse, indorse
    sign as evidence of legal transfer
    determine (what is to happen in certain contingencies), especially by including a proviso condition or stipulation
    type of:
    assure, promise
    make a promise or commitment
  4. verb
    accept as a challenge
    synonyms: tackle, take on
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    exert oneself to meet a challenge
    type of:
    confront, face, face up
    deal with (something unpleasant) head on
  5. verb
    accept as a charge
    synonyms: take in charge
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    type of:
    accept, consent, go for
    give an affirmative reply to; respond favorably to
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