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.

Primary Meanings of undertaking

any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted
the trade of a funeral director
Full Definitions of undertaking

n any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted

“he prepared for great undertakings
labor, project, task
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
Type of:
activity directed toward making or doing something

n the trade of a funeral director

Type of:
craft, trade
the skilled practice of a practical occupation

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