enterprise

noun

en·​ter·​prise ˈen-tər-ˌprīz How to pronounce enterprise (audio)
ˈen-tə-ˌprīz
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

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web States of America is an original series that amplifies original journalism, investigations, enterprise reporting, and expert commentary across Gannett. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 13 Jan. 2023 The company’s fine will be barely a dent in the bottom line for an enterprise with a global portfolio of golf courses, hotels and development deals. Time, 13 Jan. 2023 The company's broad and varied product range, from enterprise and cloud services to consumer devices and software, provide many potential opportunities. WIRED, 13 Jan. 2023 The company’s fine will be barely a dent in the bottom line for an enterprise with a global portfolio of golf courses, hotels and development deals. Michael R. Sisak, BostonGlobe.com, 13 Jan. 2023 His research focuses on power in public organizations, including nonprofits, social enterprise and government. Nuri Heckler, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Jan. 2023 IndyStar enterprise editor Chris Sikich and IndyStar reporter Dana Hunsinger Benbow contributed to this report. Claire Rafford, The Indianapolis Star, 12 Jan. 2023 What Team Zaslav didn’t see coming was the sudden slowdown in subscriber growth for streaming services and the extreme pressure that unwelcome trend would put on the new enterprise. Cynthia Littleton, Variety, 11 Jan. 2023 Embezzlement occurred during 2019 and 2020, according to the criminal enterprise count. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, 11 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of enterprise was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Enterprise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enterprise. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

enterprise

noun
en·​ter·​prise ˈent-ə(r)-ˌprīz How to pronounce enterprise (audio)
1
: a difficult, complicated, or risky project or undertaking
2
: readiness to engage in daring or difficult action
showed great enterprise in the face of danger
3
: a business organization
enterpriser
-ˌprī-zər
noun

Legal Definition

enterprise

noun
en·​ter·​prise ˈen-tər-ˌprīz How to pronounce enterprise (audio)
: an economic organization or activity
especially : a business organization

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