Definition of enterprise
1 : a project or undertaking that is especially difficult, complicated, or risky
2 : readiness to engage in daring or difficult action : initiative <showed great enterprise in dealing with the crisis>
3a : a unit of economic organization or activity; especially : a business organizationb : a systematic purposeful activity <agriculture is the main economic enterprise among these people>
Examples of enterprise in a sentence
Moving the drilling rig offshore was a costly enterprise.
Agriculture is the main economic enterprise among these people.
When he purchased the company it was a thriving commercial enterprise.
He was criticized for his lack of enterprise in dealing with the crisis.
Origin and Etymology of enterprise
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from entreprendre to undertake, from entre- inter- + prendre to take — more at prize
First Known Use: 15th century
ENTERPRISE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of enterprise for English Language Learners
: a project or activity that involves many people and that is often difficult
: a business organization
: the ability or desire to do dangerous or difficult things or to solve problems in new ways
ENTERPRISE Defined for Kids
Definition of enterprise for Students
1 : a project or undertaking that is difficult, complicated, or risky
2 : willingness to engage in daring or difficult action <Look at the opportunities here for a man of knowledge, brains, pluck, and enterprise … — Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee>
3 : a business organization or activity
Legal Definition of enterprise
: an economic organization or activity; especially : a business organization
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