undertake

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

v enter upon an activity or enterprise

Synonyms:
attempt, set about
Type of:
initiate, pioneer
take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of

v promise to do or accomplish

Synonyms:
guarantee
Types:
subvent, subvention, underwrite
guarantee financial support of
Type of:
assure, promise
make a promise or commitment

v enter into a contractual arrangement

Synonyms:
contract
Types:
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stipulate
make an oral contract or agreement in the verbal form of question and answer that is necessary to give it legal force
sign
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
undersign
sign at the bottom of (a document)
ink
append one's signature to
autograph, inscribe
mark with one's signature
initial
mark with one's initials
countersign
add one's signature to after another's to attest authenticity
execute
sign in the presence of witnesses
endorse, indorse
sign as evidence of legal transfer
provide
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

v accept as a challenge

Synonyms:
tackle, take on
Types:
rise
exert oneself to meet a challenge
Type of:
confront, face, face up
deal with (something unpleasant) head on

v accept as a charge

Synonyms:
take in charge
Type of:
accept, consent, go for
give an affirmative reply to; respond favorably to

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