• WordNet 3.6
    • n undertaking any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted "he prepared for great undertakings"
    • n undertaking the trade of a funeral director
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Undertakers report that human bodies do not deteriorate as quickly as they used to. The reason, they believe, is that the modern diet contains so many preservatives that these chemicals tend to prevent the body from decomposition too rapidly after death.
    • Undertaking A promise or pledge; a guarantee.
    • Undertaking Specifically, the business of an undertaker, or the management of funerals.
    • Undertaking That which is undertaken; any business, work, or project which a person engages in, or attempts to perform; an enterprise.
    • Undertaking The act of one who undertakes, or engages in, any project or business.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n undertaking The act of one who undertakes or engages to do any business, office, or duty.
    • n undertaking That which is undertaken; a business, work, or project which a person engages in or attempts to perform; an enterprise.
    • n undertaking The business of an undertaker, or manager of funerals. A promise; an engagement; an obligation; a guaranty; specifically, in American law, a formal obligation entered into by or on behalf of a party to litigation, and usually with sureties, for the payment of money or performance of some act if it should be adjudged due or otherwise become required, such an obligation being usually required as a condition of taking some step in the action, as, for instance, appealing or issuing an order of arrest or attachment.
    • undertaking Enterprising.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Undertaking that which is undertaken: any business or project engaged in
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  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “People are so constituted that everybody would rather undertake what they see others do, whether they have an aptitude for it or not.”
  • Eustachius
    “He who has put a good finish to his undertaking is said to have placed a golden crown to the whole.”
  • Alfred North Whitehead
    “Familiar things happen, and mankind does not bother about them. It requires a very unusual mind to undertake the analysis of the obvious.”
  • Robert H. Schuller
    “Our greatest lack is not money for any undertaking, but rather ideas, If the ideas are good, cash will somehow flow to where it is needed.”
  • Mark Twain
    “Let us so live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.”
  • Charles The Bold
    Charles The Bold
    “It is not necessary to hope in order to undertake, nor to succeed in order to persevere.”


In literature:

Every body suffered from the new undertaking.
"Debit and Credit" by Gustav Freytag
Shall I have success in my undertaking?
"The Mysteries of All Nations" by James Grant
It was a somewhat formidable undertaking.
"The Story of the Cambrian" by C. P. Gasquoine
They call me Old Undertaker Chastine!
"The Cross-Cut" by Courtney Ryley Cooper
Into this undertaking Horace Greeley threw all his energy and ability, guided by his experience.
"Hidden Treasures" by Harry A. Lewis
His most important undertaking, besides the Acts of Parliament, was a Scottish history, printed about 1542.
"A Short History of English Printing, 1476-1898" by Henry R. Plomer
Say the word and I will take you to see the Nabob, the noble-hearted man who pays the expenses of our undertaking.
"The Nabob, Volume 1 (of 2)" by Alphonse Daudet
The undertaker's man came hurrying back with a bucket of water and broom.
"Trail's End" by George W. Ogden
Yet if you feel that you have courage to undertake it, you would fulfil the wish of my heart.
"The Home" by Fredrika Bremer
He felt unequal to the worry and bore of the whole business, and reproached himself with the folly of the undertaking.
"The Letters of Cicero, Volume 1" by Marcus Tullius Cicero

In poetry:

'Tis God, that makes our undertakings speed,
'Tis God, that ev'ry blessing to us gives,
When he is worshipp'd, all our works succeed,
But when neglected, then a curse arrives.
"Advice To Pray Earnestly, And On All Occasions, Supposed To Be Address'd To His Own Son" by Rees Prichard
I wish him and his gallant little band every success,
For relieving the people of Mafeking while in distress;
They made the Boers rue their rash undertaking
The day they laid siege to the town of Mafeking.
"The Relief of Mafeking" by William Topaz McGonagall
Success to the undertakers of the Newport Railway,
Hoping the Lord will their labours repay,
And prove a blessing to the people
For many a long day
Who live near by Newport
On the bonnie braes o' the Silvery Tay.
"The Newport Railway" by William Topaz McGonagall
I return my thanks to my Chairman and my Committee,
For the Kindness they have always shown to me.
I hope the Lord! will protect them when I am far away.
And prosper them in all their undertakings by night and by day.
"Farewell Address at the Argyle Hall" by William Topaz McGonagall
He was treated very well, as became a noble swell,
But we couldn't leave him loose, not in Europe anywhere,
For we knew he would be making some gigantic undertaking,
While the trustful British lion was reposing in his lair.
"After Waterloo" by Robert Fuller Murray
Answer, sombre beast and dreary,
Where is Brown, the young, the cheery,
Smith, the pride of all his friends and half the Force?
You were at that last dread dak
We must cover at a walk,
Bring them back to me, O Undertaker's Horse!
"The Undertaker's Horse.." by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

Clay Hendrix is heading into his 23rd season coaching college offensive lines, but he doesn't think he's ever had a rebuilding project like the one he's undertaking at Air Force.
Each year, Key Professional Media, Inc undertakes research to identify each state's "Super Lawyers" - those the publisher considers are among the state's top 5 percent with regard to "peer recognition and professional achievement".
Undertaker News Archive from Raw.
Would Big River be too large an undertaking for the 380-seat Stages St Louis.
Brock Lesnar talks 'WWE 12,' Undertaker.
I was running Scandinavian Airlines in North America, and I had to undertake a complete change process.
He knew he would not live until the next transit, in 1761, but urged scientists to embark on worldwide expeditions to undertake the measurement.
Watermelons and Undertakers Fit the Bill.
Fake undertaker tries to steal engagement rings.
Premiere of UI professor's piece an enjoyable undertaking.
A neglected downtown building is getting a new lease on life as city leaders prepare to undertake a new big renovation project.
My kids and I recently had 30 minutes to undertake a week's worth of grocery shopping before we had to be at baseball practice.
Re-creating a real-life disaster for film is a tricky undertaking.
Modern Healthcare magazine recently cited a survey showing that about 70% of hospital executives said their facilities were very likely or extremely likely to undertake a major expansion-within the next three years.
The symphony of sound makes new airport director Brian Payne smile as he realizes his first major undertaking as airport director has begun.

In science:

Therefore, using VHE observations of hard spectrum blazars to constrain EBL models as done in Aharonian et al. (2007) continues to be a valid undertaking.
The Discovery of gamma-Ray Emission From The Blazar RGB J0710+591
Yet, with current technology, astronomy is no longer dif´Čücult to undertake in Antarctica, given appropriate resources and fore-planning.
Astronomy in Antarctica
To undertake this work AAA has been structured into four themes, covering site testing, the Arctic, science goals and major facilities.
Astronomy in Antarctica
However, determining if this technical requirement is feasible or not is a highly complex undertaking.
Are the modern computer simulations a substitute for physical models? The SKA case
Since Gromov does not give a detailed proof to this result, we undertake to do so.
N-step energy of maps and fixed-point property of random groups