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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.
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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.
Alberta-raised free enterpriser and philanthropist Richard Haskayne suggests that government should endorse tighter guidelines that limit the amount of shares anyone can own in resource-based companies, similar to Canada's banks, where shareholder value cannot exceed 20 per cent, foreign or otherwise.
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.
One of first steps was detection of typical European enterpriser and selecting of key requests of these unites for manufacturing information system.
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. Sherman Greenfeld has been the Canadian Men's Racquetball champion for six consecutive years.
Previously, the Sales Tax department used to conduct the audit of business enterpriser and industries on annual bases.
Poultry farming, according to Melinda Gates, empowers women in developing countries by allowing them to"express their dignity and seize control." If chickens are not your empowerment tool of choice, Heifer International will, for $390, deliver an 'enterpriser basket' to a woman in Africa.
Enterpriser Troopers encourages teams of primary school children to join together to run their own enterprises and sell merchandise and services they have created and developed themselves in schools and local communities.
At Edimax we understand the various pain points our customers face, be it, hospitality, education, enterpriser or corporate sector.
The project is designed to help in the capacity-building of enterpriser owners.

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