undertaking

undertaking
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(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
Project
Nouns
1. undertaking; compact, engagement, promise; enterprise, emprise, project; endeavor, venture, pilgrimage, adventure; matter in hand, business; move, first move, beginning; caper. Informal, tall order. Slang, lay. See experiment, intention.
2. entrepreneur, man or woman of action, founder, launcher; contractor; adventurer.
Verbs — undertake, tackle; engage in, embark on; launch or plunge into; volunteer; apprentice oneself to, devote oneself to, take up, take in hand; set or go about; set to, fall to, fall to work; try one's hand, take the plunge, launch forth; set up shop; put in hand, put in execution; set forward; put or turn one's hand to, throw oneself into; begin; broach, institute, originate; put one's hand to the plow, put one's shoulder to the wheel; have in hand, have many irons in the fire; move heaven and earth. Informal, bite off more than one can chew, go in for, go off the deep end, give it a whirl, take the bull by the horns.
Adjectives — venturesome, adventurous. Slang, on the make.
Adverbs — on or in the fire. Informal, in the works.
Phrases — nothing venture, nothing gain.
Quotations — Fortune sides with him who dares (Virgil).
Antonyms, see refusal.
II
(Roget's IV) n.
Syn. enterprise, attempt, endeavor, project, effort, venture, pursuit, essay, trial, experiment, hazard, emprise, move, task, job, engagement.
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
project, endeavor, enterprise, venture, effort, job, commitment, affair, adventure, operation, task.
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun Something undertaken, especially something requiring extensive planning and work: enterprise, project, venture. See WORK.

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