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en·ter·prise

 (ĕn′tər-prīz′)
n.
1. An undertaking, especially one of some scope, complication, and risk.
2. A business organization.
3. Industrious, systematic activity, especially when directed toward profit: Private enterprise is basic to capitalism.
4. Willingness to undertake new ventures; initiative: "Through want of enterprise and faith men are where they are, buying and selling, and spending their lives like serfs" (Henry David Thoreau).

[Middle English, from Old French entreprise, from past participle of entreprendre, to undertake : entre-, between (from Latin inter-; see inter-) + prendre, to take (from Latin prehendere, prēndere; see ghend- in Indo-European roots).]

en′ter·pris′er n.

enterprise

(ˈɛntəˌpraɪz)
n
1. a project or undertaking, esp one that requires boldness or effort
2. participation in such projects
3. readiness to embark on new ventures; boldness and energy
4. (Commerce)
a. initiative in business
b. (as modifier): the enterprise culture.
5. (Commerce) a business unit; a company or firm
[C15: from Old French entreprise (n), from entreprendre from entre- between (from Latin: inter-) + prendre to take, from Latin prehendere to grasp]
ˈenterˌpriser n

en•ter•prise

(ˈɛn tərˌpraɪz)

n.
1. a project undertaken, esp. one that is important or difficult or requires boldness or energy.
2. a plan for such a project.
3. participation or engagement in such projects.
4. boldness or readiness in undertaking; adventurous spirit or ingenuity.
5. a company organized for commercial purposes; business firm.
6. (cap.) the prototype for the space shuttle, used for atmospheric flight and landing tests.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French, n. use of feminine of entrepris, past participle of entreprendre to undertake, Old French, =entre- inter- + prendre to take (see prize1)]
en′ter•pris`er, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.enterprise - a purposeful or industrious undertaking (especially one that requires effort or boldness); "he had doubts about the whole enterprise"
fraudulent scheme, illegitimate enterprise, racket - an illegal enterprise (such as extortion or fraud or drug peddling or prostitution) carried on for profit
forlorn hope - a hopeless or desperate enterprise
project, task, undertaking, labor - any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted; "he prepared for great undertakings"
business activity, commercial activity - activity undertaken as part of a commercial enterprise
2.enterprise - an organization created for business ventures; "a growing enterprise must have a bold leader"
organization, organisation - a group of people who work together
giant - an unusually large enterprise; "Walton built a retail giant"
collective - members of a cooperative enterprise
business, business concern, business organisation, business organization, concern - a commercial or industrial enterprise and the people who constitute it; "he bought his brother's business"; "a small mom-and-pop business"; "a racially integrated business concern"
commercial enterprise - an enterprise connected with commerce
3.enterprise - readiness to embark on bold new ventures
drive - the trait of being highly motivated; "his drive and energy exhausted his co-workers"

enterprise

noun
1. firm, company, business, concern, operation, organization, establishment, commercial undertaking There are plenty of small industrial enterprises.
2. venture, operation, project, adventure, undertaking, programme, pursuit, endeavour Horse breeding is a risky enterprise.

enterprise

noun
1. Something undertaken, especially something requiring extensive planning and work:
2. An exciting, often hazardous undertaking:
3. A commercial organization:
Informal: outfit.
4. An aggressive readiness along with energy to undertake taxing efforts:
Translations
عَزيمَه، روح الإقْداممَشْروع
podnik
foretagendeinitiativvirkelyst
vállalkozó szellem
dirfskaframtak
iniciatyvainiciatyvusišradingumas
iniciatīvapasākumsuzņēmībauzņēmums
podnikavosť
podjetje

enterprise

[ˈentəpraɪz]
A. N
1. (= firm, undertaking) → empresa f
2. (= initiative) → iniciativa f
free enterprisela libre empresa
private enterprisela empresa privada
B. CPD the enterprise culture Nla cultura empresarial
enterprise zone N zona declarada de especial interés para el fomento de actividades empresariales

enterprise

[ˈɛntərpraɪz] n
(= entrepreneurial activity) → entreprise f
He wanted to promote the development of local enterprise → Il a voulu agir pour le développement de l'entreprise dans sa région.
private enterprise → entreprise f privée
(= company, business) → entreprise f
(= venture, undertaking) → entreprise f
(= initiative) → esprit m d'initiative, initiative f

enterprise

n
no pl (= initiative, ingenuity)Initiative f; (= adventurousness)Unternehmungsgeist m
(= project, undertaking, Comm: = firm) → Unternehmen nt; free/public/private enterprise (system) → freies/öffentliches/privates Unternehmertum

enterprise

[ˈɛntəˌpraɪz] n
a. (firm, undertaking, company) → impresa
b. (initiative) → iniziativa

enterprise

(ˈentəpraiz) noun
1. something that is attempted or undertaken (especially if it requires boldness or courage). business enterprises; a completely new enterprise.
2. willingness to try new lines of action. We need someone with enterprise and enthusiasm.
ˈenterprising adjective
(negative unenterprising) full of enterprise; adventurous.
References in classic literature ?
But, beyond this, the enterprise and energy of a people who have done so much in other places have done little here.
She thought of him lying asleep in the other room, ready on the morrow to devote those fateful qualities to the new enterprise that with equally fateful disposition she believed would end in failure.
Pyncheon, and was about to renew the enterprise of that departed worthy, with a different set of customers.
It was the recollection of those memorable words of his -- "I'll try, Sir" -- spoken on the very verge of a desperate and heroic enterprise, and breathing the soul and spirit of New England hardihood, comprehending all perils, and encountering all.
In this enterprise, however, he had more real difficulties than generally fell to the lot of a knight-errant of yore, who seldom had anything but giants, enchanters, fiery dragons, and such like easily conquered adversaries, to contend with and had to make his way merely through gates of iron and brass, and walls of adamant to the castle keep, where the lady of his heart was confined; all which he achieved as easily as a man would carve his way to the centre of a Christmas pie; and then the lady gave him her hand as a matter of course.
Consider, now, how it must be in the case of four boats all engaging one unusually strong, active, and knowing whale; when owing to these qualities in him, as well as to the thousand concurring accidents of such an audacious enterprise, eight or ten loose second irons may be simultaneously dangling about him.
Such an enterprise would seem almost as hopeful as for Lavater to have scrutinized the wrinkles on the Rock of Gibraltar, or for Gall to have mounted a ladder and manipulated the Dome of the Pantheon.
said Marks, his sharp eyes, nose and mouth, all alive with enterprise.
Yet this government never of itself furthered any enterprise, but by the alacrity with which it got out of its way.
But the walking of which I speak has nothing in it akin to taking exercise, as it is called, as the sick take medicine at stated hours--as the Swinging of dumb-bells or chairs; but is itself the enterprise and adventure of the day.
Look at the opportunities here for a man of knowledge, brains, pluck, and enterprise to sail in and grow up with the country.
She has her mother's charm and grace and good heart and sense of justice, and she has her father's vivacity and cheerfulness and pluck and spirit of enterprise, with the affectionate disposition and sincerity of both parents.