en·​ter·​pris·​ing | \ ˈen-tər-ˌprī-ziŋ How to pronounce enterprising (audio) , ˈen-tə-ˌprī-\

Definition of enterprising

: marked by an independent energetic spirit and by readiness to act an enterprising young reporter

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Examples of enterprising in a Sentence

As an enterprising young reporter, she covered many important stories. the company is claiming that there will be huge financial rewards for enterprising sales representatives

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Thousands of years ago, some enterprising cook (and total genius) figured out that adding cucumbers to a brine and waiting a while made arguably the world’s favorite way to eat a cucumber. Justin Ward, ExpressNews.com, "How to make simple pickles at home," 7 Aug. 2019 Some enterprising bakers are sending cookie dough into orbit to answer these questions and many more. Mika Mckinnon, Quartz, "Astronauts will bake cookies in space to see how they cook in zero gravity," 1 Aug. 2019 In 1999, Arnault also invested in a small but enterprising DVD rental firm. Phil Boucher, Fortune, "Bernard Arnault Just Became the World’s Second-Richest Man. How Did He Make His Billions?," 20 July 2019 In this case, Alex and Oded opened with a phishing attack over WhatsApp, but a more enterprising attacker might instead have begun with a watering-hole attack. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Security firms demonstrate subdomain hijack exploit vs. EA/Origin," 26 June 2019 This should enable enterprising Democratic leaders to experiment with new ways of appealing to Republicans, especially those who changed their allegiance from Barack Obama to Donald Trump in 2016. The Economist, "A large share of Republicans hold progressive economic views," 21 June 2019 The unlikely union of the Beatles great, a bike-shop employee in Palo Alto, and a promising if underachieving technology is the accomplishment of Scott Broock, once an enterprising executive with a fledgling camera company called Jaunt VR. Aric Jenkins, Fortune, "The Fall and Rise of VR: The Struggle to Make Virtual Reality Get Real," 20 June 2019 An enterprising television station said the temperature hit 105 inside a BART train one afternoon. Carl Nolte, SFChronicle.com, "A hot day in San Francisco? That’s earthquake weather," 15 June 2019 Bodies are left lying about to, well, become more zombies, unless some enterprising non-zombie whacks or shoots off their head. Maren Longbella, Twin Cities, "‘The Dead Don’t Die’ shuffles and bumps along just like its zombies," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of enterprising

1601, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of enterprising

: having or showing the ability or desire to do new and difficult things


en·​ter·​pris·​ing | \ ˈen-tər-ˌprī-ziŋ How to pronounce enterprising (audio) \

Kids Definition of enterprising

: bold and energetic in trying or experimenting A few enterprising pioneers founded a new town.

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