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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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undertakingun‧der‧tak‧ing /ˌʌndəˈteɪkɪŋ $ ˈʌndərteɪ-/ ●●○ AWL noun  1 [countable usually singular]RESPONSIBLE an important job, piece of work, or activity that you are responsible for Starting a new business can be a risky undertaking.2 [countable] formalPROMISE a promise to do something Both organizations gave an undertaking to curb violence among their members.3 [uncountable]BOMX the business of an undertaker
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undertakingKhrushchev demanded an American undertaking not to attack Cuba.Before we can release you, we need an undertaking that you will not leave town before the trial.Covering an Olympics is an extraordinary undertaking for any television company.Everybody needs to realise that this is a huge undertaking.Building the dam will be a major undertaking.In the late 1980s, the US embarked on a major undertaking: the human genome project.Sir Gordon Willmer also proceeded by reference to the breach of undertaking.However, will he give one undertaking?If success follows at the polls, legislative programmes then have to be drawn up to implement the incoming Government's undertakings.The Select Committee that examined the Bill took a very close interest in and sought several undertakings about groundwater.Proceedings for contempt of court are the means by which obedience to orders of the court and adherence to undertakings are ensured.Now its innocence had vanished, and it was thronged with worldly-wise urban people intent upon sophisticated urban undertakings.gave ... undertakingHe gave an undertaking that his government would not adopt aggressive measures in future.Parry gave an undertaking that pay television would not be introduced next season.
From Longman Business Dictionaryundertakingun‧der‧tak‧ing /ˌʌndəˈteɪkɪŋˈʌndərteɪ-/ noun1[countable usually singular] an important job, piece of work, or activity that you are responsible forStarting a new business can be a risky undertaking.2[countable]COMMERCE a businessThe railway’s commercial undertaking was divided into its separate elements.the parent company and its subsidiary undertakings3[countable] a promise to do something, especially one that has legal forceHe gave an undertaking that he would repay the money in full.
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