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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.enterpriser - someone who organizes a business venture and assumes the risk for itenterpriser - someone who organizes a business venture and assumes the risk for it
bourgeois, businessperson - a capitalist who engages in industrial commercial enterprise
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An hasty fortune maketh an enterpriser and remover (the French hath it better, entreprenant, or remuant); but the exercised fortune maketh the able man.
The Government's failure to foster enterprise culture in the UK has caused unrest amongst top entrepreneurs, the sixth annual Ernst & Young Enterpriser Survey reveals.
The Turkish enterpriser gives some information about the system and says the investment for the system is dependent on the need of daylight and low-cost.
The project would help in the capacity-building of enterpriser owners.
Ernst & Young's fifth annual enterpriser survey found that more than half of those questioned in the North - 57pc - felt that the 2003 Budget failed to aid their business in any way.
Her father is John Fraser, head of Federal Industries, a free enterpriser.
Scope of quantity or scope: A total of 16 enterpriser divided into the following three main groups:
Scope of quantity or scope: The following enterpriser announced:
Vacancy prequalified 5-7 companies to tender for each of the following three types of large enterpriser 1) unfinished buildings: land, poles, sewer, concrete, precast concrete, masonry, etc.

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