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
Recent Examples on the Web The firm is led by a pair of ex-Wall Street Journal reporters, Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch, and not surprisingly makes enterprising use of its close personal ties to the journalism fraternity. Paul Starobin, Wired, 17 July 2021 Some enterprising individuals are selling instruction manuals that provide a step-by-step guide to committing this type of fraud. Suzanne Kapner, WSJ, 13 July 2021 Saturn governs regimented Capricorn, the enterprising earth sign known for its tireless ambition, and takes approximately two and a half years to transit each sign. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, 4 July 2021 When the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen bumped from June to September this year because of Covid concerns, the enterprising team at The Little Nell Hotel decided to fill the signature summer kick-off weekend with its own gastronomic extravaganza. David Hochman, Forbes, 21 June 2021 Named by his mother for Arlo Guthrie, the boy is an intriguing character, at once enterprising and self-sabotaging, brilliant but burned by his rootless childhood and his father’s remoteness. Heller Mcalpin, WSJ, 16 June 2021 Some skeptics said the report was noteworthy but did not fundamentally change the perception of American billionaires as savvy employers of tax code workarounds and enterprising accountants. Washington Post, 9 June 2021 And key to it all was the enterprising man few remember, Tony Cornero. Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2021 An enterprising company is selling a way for people to easily share their COVID-19 vaccination status: a $20 bracelet with a QR code that can be scanned to show their shot cards. Tiffini Theisen, orlandosentinel.com, 7 May 2021

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First Known Use of enterprising

1601, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of enterprising was in 1601

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enterprise zone


enter someone's mind/head

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“Enterprising.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enterprising. Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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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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