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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.
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It occurred to me that a work of this kind might comprise a variety of those curious details, so interesting to me, illustrative of the fur trade; of its remote and adventurous enterprises, and of the various people, and tribes, and castes, and characters, civilized and savage, affected by its operations.
State of the fur trade of the Rocky Mountains American enterprises General Ashley and his associates Sublette, a famous leader Yearly rendezvous among the mountains Stratagems and dangers of the trade Bands of trappers Indian banditti Crows and Blackfeet Mountaineers Traders of the Far West Character and habits of the trapper
Therefore, a prince, not being able to exercise this virtue of liberality in such a way that it is recognized, except to his cost, if he is wise he ought not to fear the reputation of being mean, for in time he will come to be more considered than if liberal, seeing that with his economy his revenues are enough, that he can defend himself against all attacks, and is able to engage in enterprises without burdening his people; thus it comes to pass that he exercises liberality towards all from whom he does not take, who are numberless, and meanness towards those to whom he does not give, who are few.
Although my book is intended mainly for the en- tertainment of boys and girls, I hope it will not be shunned by men and women on that account, for part of my plan has been to try to pleasantly remind adults of what they once were themselves, and of how they felt and thought and talked, and what queer enterprises they sometimes engaged in.
The proposal for this scientific undertaking was officially made, yesterday, at the rooms of the Royal Geographical Society, and the sum of twenty-five hundred pounds was voted to defray the expenses of the enterprise.
Their president, Barbicane, the promoter of the enterprise, having consulted the astronomers of the Cambridge Observatory upon the subject, took all necessary means to ensure the success of this extraordinary enterprise, which had been declared practicable by the majority of competent judges.
I first became acquainted with him on board a whale vessel; finding that he was unemployed in this city, I easily engaged him to assist in my enterprise.
His foibles - faults if you like - will never be dwelt upon in any memorandum of mine," he declares, and goes on - "he whose splendid and matchless achievements will be remembered with admiration while there is gratitude in the hearts of Britons, or while a ship floats upon the ocean; he whose example on the breaking out of the war gave so chivalrous an impulse to the younger men of the service that all rushed into rivalry of daring which disdained every warning of prudence, and led to acts of heroic enterprise which tended greatly to exalt the glory of our nation.
Like his younger brother Henry, he had increased his pecuniary resources by his own enterprise and ingenuity; with this difference, that his speculations were connected with the Arts.
It was at this juncture that Clara Belle and Susan Simpson consulted Rebecca, who threw herself solidly and wholeheartedly into the enterprise, promising her help and that of Emma Jane Perkins.
Yet, in spite of these perplexing difficulties, the eyes of the whole people were fixed on General Washington, expecting him to undertake some great enterprise against the hostile army.
Prussia, by a remittance of 250,000 thalers, testified her high approval of the enterprise.