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Who, again, could undertake the permanent care of his mother?

No one must undertake a journey in the Lozre with a scantily-furnished purse.

On no other condition, added Nicias, would he undertake the command.

I never give up what I once commence, and I never fail in what I undertake!

Well, I undertake to stand 'em off for a bit; you take the bag and run for it.

Such letters may be bought or begged; I will undertake to procure them.

Will you undertake to make her renounce the earl, who, I believe, is the devil incarnate?

I happen to be at my sister's, on my way from Cairo to Norway, so I undertake to run down.

Doctor, if you undertake it, said Johnson, I am sure youll make a good thing of it.

I felt that the journey I was about to undertake was a very dangerous one.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1200, "to entrap," in the same sense as Old English underniman (cf. Dutch ondernemen, German unternehmen), of which it is a partial loan-translation, from under + take. Cf. also French entreprendre "to undertake," from entre "between, among" + prendre "to take." The under in this word may be the same one that also may form the first element of understand. Meaning "to accept" is attested from mid-13c.; that of "to take upon oneself, to accept the duty of" is from c.1300.

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