enterprise

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noun en·ter·prise \ˈen-tə(r)-ˌprīz\

Definition of enterprise

  1. 1 :  a project or undertaking that is especially difficult, complicated, or risky

  2. 2 :  readiness to engage in daring or difficult action :  initiative <showed great enterprise in dealing with the crisis>

  3. 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

  1. Moving the drilling rig offshore was a costly enterprise.

  2. Agriculture is the main economic enterprise among these people.

  3. When he purchased the company it was a thriving commercial enterprise.

  4. 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

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noun en·ter·prise \ˈen-tə(r)-ˌprīz\

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

enterprise

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noun en·ter·prise \ˈen-tər-ˌprīz\

Definition of enterprise for Students

  1. 1 :  a project or undertaking that is difficult, complicated, or risky

  2. 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. 3 :  a business organization or activity


Law Dictionary

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noun en·ter·prise \ˈen-tər-ˌprīz\

Legal Definition of enterprise

  1. :  an economic organization or activity; especially :  a business organization



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