UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈʌndərteɪkɪŋ/

US:USA pronuncation: IPAUSA pronuncation: IPA/n. ˌʌndɚˈteɪkɪŋ, ˈʌndɚˌteɪ-; adj. ˈʌndɚˌteɪkɪŋ/

US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(un′dər tāking, undər tā′- for 13; undər tā′king for 4)

From the verb undertake: (⇒ conjugate)
undertaking is: Click the infinitive to see all available inflections
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
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Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
  1. are you sure? it will be a significant undertaking
  2. is going to be a significant undertaking
  3. a [commercial, government, political] undertaking
  4. the undertaking of the [design, construction, project, activity]
  5. the undertaking of [tasks, duties, responsibilities]
  6. could be a dangerous undertaking
  7. an undertaking by the [owner, government]
  8. was intimidated by the undertaking
  9. would be a major undertaking
  10. it was a significant undertaking, but we [finished, did] it
  11. gave their undertaking that they [would, wouldn't]
  12. works in undertaking
  13. the family business is undertaking
  14. [private, public] sector undertakings
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Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
  1. undertake a [project, commission, study, task]
  2. undertake [measures, activities, initiatives]
  3. undertake to [ensure, pay, comply, finish]
  4. [measures] were undertaken to [ensure]
  5. UK: undertakes that he is [qualified, aware, skilled]
  6. undertake the responsibility for
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