UNDERTAIN (V.) un-dur-‘tayn 1)To give low-key parties that offer no special food, drink or decor. Usage: Stu and his friends hung out at each other’s places a lot, and undertained the same way they had in college. Someone would bring chips, someone would bring beer, and someone would go to the deli to replenish supplies, as needed. 2)To host fewer social events than you ought to. Usage: Nora invited Mae over for dinner all the time and was a little hurt that Mae never reciprocated. Why did Mae undertain? she wondered. Did she think her place was too small? Or was she insecure about hosting?
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