Painting a house is a serious undertaking––it looks simple but involves a lot of preparation and hard work. An undertaking is a job or a task you commit to. The word also can mean the profession of funeral management.

When you take something under consideration, it means you're not necessarily going to do it, you're just going to think about it. When you take something on, you've undertaken to actually do it. The word undertaking suggests something that involves quite a bit of work. Organizing an Oxfam hunger-day at your school is a significant undertaking, but it's worth all the effort.

Definitions of undertaking
  1. noun
    any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted
    “he prepared for great undertakings
    synonyms: labor, project, task
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    Manhattan Project
    code name for the secret United States project set up in 1942 to develop atomic bombs for use in World War II
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    breeze, child's play, cinch, duck soup, picnic, piece of cake, pushover, snap, walkover
    any undertaking that is easy to do
    adventure, dangerous undertaking, escapade, risky venture
    a wild and exciting undertaking (not necessarily lawful)
    an undertaking that you have been assigned to do (as by an instructor)
    a project of personal concern to someone
    endeavor, endeavour, enterprise
    a purposeful or industrious undertaking (especially one that requires effort or boldness)
    labor of love, labour of love
    productive work performed voluntarily without material reward or compensation
    endurance contest, marathon
    any long and arduous undertaking
    anything that requires little thought
    a task to be dealt with
    large order, tall order
    a formidable task or requirement
    any venturesome undertaking especially one with an uncertain outcome
    an easy task
    school assignment, schoolwork
    a school task performed by a student to satisfy the teacher
    fraudulent scheme, illegitimate enterprise, racket
    an illegal enterprise (such as extortion or fraud or drug peddling or prostitution) carried on for profit
    joint venture
    a venture by a partnership or conglomerate designed to share risk or expertise
    a venture at something new or different
    forlorn hope
    a hopeless or desperate enterprise
    writing assignment, written assignment
    an assignment to write something
    campaign, cause, crusade, drive, effort, movement
    a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end
    sally, sallying forth
    a venture off the beaten path
    danger, peril, risk
    a venture undertaken without regard to possible loss or injury
    business activity, commercial activity
    activity undertaken as part of a commercial enterprise
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    activity directed toward making or doing something
  2. noun
    the trade of a funeral director
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    type of:
    craft, trade
    the skilled practice of a practical occupation
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