en·​ter·​pris·​ing | \ˈen-tər-ˌprī-ziŋ, 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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In Herriman, Utah, an enterprising school publication ran into trouble after digging into a subject that administrators at Herriman High School had tried to keep secret: the reason for the dismissal of a popular history teacher. Jaclyn Peiser, New York Times, "Hard News. Angry Administration. Teenage Journalists Know What It’s Like.," 1 July 2018 An enterprising theatergoer could see all three in a single weekend. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "Before ‘Hamilton,’ 100 years of American music theater and how it’s told the story of who we are," 29 June 2018 In that tournament, one side of the draw became stacked with most of the favorites, while the other half featured a bunch of enterprising upstarts – plus Portugal, which had floundered its way through the group with three ties. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Cristiano Ronaldo's missed penalty costs Portugal – and could haunt it forever," 25 June 2018 And Ronaldo mania is in full swing in Turin, with enterprising businessmen not missing the opportunity to celebrate the occasion and cash in on the arrival of the Portugal forward. Daniella Matar, chicagotribune.com, "Ronaldo mania inspires 'CR7' ice cream, pizza," 13 July 2018 However, some enterprising young Nigerians have seized the initiative and are looking to cash in on the vacuum created by the sold out official Nike jerseys. Stephanie Busari, Cnn And Damilola Odutayo, CNN, "It's official! Nigeria is the most stylish team at the World Cup," 13 June 2018 The enterprising family turned the tenant farmhouse, once slated for destruction, into a place where Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau and other literary neighbors would drop by for intellectual discussions. Washington Post, "‘Little Women’ and author Alcott resonate 150 years later," 12 June 2018 He's lost touch with Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), the scientist who invented his size-swapping Ant-Man suit, and Pym's enterprising daughter, Hope (Evangeline Lilly), who has stepped into her mother's suit as The Wasp. Author: Katie Walsh, Anchorage Daily News, "Review: Playfulness makes ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ sing, not sting," 3 July 2018 Once that is done, the Department of Health and Human Services, along with the Treasury, could work with enterprising governors and employers to offer these HRAs to workers. Joel Klein, WSJ, "The IRS Can Save American Health Care," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of enterprising

1611, 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 \

Kids Definition of enterprising

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

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