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 Dictionary entry overview: What does undertaking mean? 

  The noun UNDERTAKING has 2 senses:

1. any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted
2. the trade of a funeral director

  Familiarity information: UNDERTAKING used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1undertaking [BACK TO TOP]


Any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions


project; task; undertaking; labor

Context example:

he prepared for great undertakings

Hypernyms ("undertaking" is a kind of...):

work (activity directed toward making or doing something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "undertaking"):

breeze; child's play; cinch; duck soup; picnic; piece of cake; pushover; snap; walkover (any undertaking that is easy to do)

venture (any venturesome undertaking especially one with an uncertain outcome)

large order; tall order (a formidable task or requirement)

proposition (a task to be dealt with)

no-brainer (anything that requires little thought)

endurance contest; marathon (any long and arduous undertaking)

labor of love; labour of love (productive work performed voluntarily without material reward or compensation)

endeavor; endeavour; enterprise (a purposeful or industrious undertaking (especially one that requires effort or boldness))

baby (a project of personal concern to someone)

assignment (an undertaking that you have been assigned to do (as by an instructor))

adventure; dangerous undertaking; escapade; risky venture (a wild and exciting undertaking (not necessarily lawful))

Instance hyponyms:

Manhattan Project (code name for the secret United States project set up in 1942 to develop atomic bombs for use in World War II)

Sense 2undertaking [BACK TO TOP]


The trade of a funeral director

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("undertaking" is a kind of...):

craft; trade (the skilled practice of a practical occupation)

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