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"undertake" in British English

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undertakeverb [T]

uk   /ˌʌn.dəˈteɪk/  us   /ˌʌn.dɚˈteɪk/ (undertook, undertaken)
  • undertake verb [T] (PROMISE)

C2 formal to promise that you will do something: [+ to infinitive] She undertook not to publish the names of the people involved. [+ that] The government undertook that the buildings would not be redeveloped.
(Definition of undertake from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"undertake" in American English

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undertakeverb

 us   /ˌʌn·dərˈteɪk/ (past tense undertook  /ˌʌn·dərˈtʊk/ , past participle undertaken  /ˌʌn·dərˈteɪ·kən/ )
to take responsibility for and begin doing something: [T] The president directed the Department of Justice to undertake an investigation of the allegations. [+ to infinitive] I undertook to help him learn English.
(Definition of undertake from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"undertake" in Business English

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undertakeverb

uk   us   /ˌʌndəˈteɪk/ (undertook, undertaken)
[T] to do or begin to do something, especially something that will take a long time or be difficult: He needs to undertake a proper cashflow and budgeting exercise. Some companies have undertaken a thorough transformation of their production methods.
[I] formal to promise or agree that you will do something: undertake to do sth All banks have undertaken to give printouts on request of standing orders and direct debits.
(Definition of undertake from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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