enterprise

noun en·ter·prise \ ˈen-tər-ˌprīz , ˈen-tə-ˌprīz \
Updated on: 13 Dec 2017

Definition of enterprise

1 : a project or undertaking that is especially difficult, complicated, or risky
2 a : a unit of economic organization or activity; especially : a business organization
b : a systematic purposeful activity
  • agriculture is the main economic enterprise among these people
3 : readiness to engage in daring or difficult action : initiative
  • showed great enterprise in dealing with the crisis

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.

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Origin and Etymology of enterprise

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from entreprendre to undertake, from entre- inter- + prendre to take — more at prize


ENTERPRISE Defined for English Language Learners

enterprise

noun

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

noun en·ter·prise \ ˈen-tər-ˌprīz \

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

Law Dictionary

enterprise

noun en·ter·prise \ ˈen-tər-ˌprīz \

legal Definition of enterprise

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


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