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A written promise offered as security for the performance of a particular act required in a legal action.

In a criminal case, an undertaking of bail is security for the appearance of the defendant. In the event the defendant fails to appear, the amount posted as bail is forfeited.

An undertaking with adequate security is a bond. The term is used in a general sense to refer to any type of promise or stipulation.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


in the law of the EUROPEAN UNION, one of the subjects of the law. It covers companies, partnerships and sole traders and is particularly the focus of the COMPETITION POLICY.
Collins Dictionary of Law © W.J. Stewart, 2006

UNDERTAKING, contracts. An engagement by one of the parties to a contract to the other, and not the mutual engagement of the parties to each other; a promise. 5 East, R. 17; 2 Leon. 224, 5; 4 B, & A. 595.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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In all honesty, our organization, like most nonprofit organizations, didn't have much money available to undertake a forestry plan--and it certainly didn't have any money available for undertakings not currently in our budget.
I may only have been driving for eight months, but I have yet to be 'forced' to undertake anyone.
Due to the fact that the final Russian military personnel were only withdrawn from Estonia in 1994, Estonia chose first to create a para-military forces to undertake border security tasks.
Clearly the group must operate within a complex environment and also must ensure that the work it undertakes is appropriate to its role and function.
Volunteers would then undertake a regimen to return their T cell counts to 350 cells/[mm.sup.3] (or higher) for 2 consecutive visits, at which point they would stop treatment again.
A dedicated sequence and bioinformatics facility being developed at CDC will be used to undertake this effort and to begin constructing a genomic signature database, not only for smallpox but also, over time, for other pathogens with bioterrorism potential.
However, after its string of ineffective fiscal remedies, the additional bureaucracy necessary to manage this policy might be the best expenditure Japan's government could undertake today.