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 But faced with the same problems, Cleveland chose an enterprising solution by zeroing in on neighborhoods with high unemployment and crime. jsonline.com, "Fannie Lou Hamer's declaration 'I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired' is still a rally cry for Black people in Milwaukee," 25 June 2020 Larian is a legend for his enterprising spirit, as well as his chutzpah. Chavie Lieber, New York Times, "How L.O.L. Dolls Became the Dopamine Hit of a Generation," 16 Apr. 2020 The enterprising English colonists, by contrast, thought moose might make good draft animals, like oxen. Arthur Longworth, The New York Review of Books, "Pandemic Journal, April 6–12," 12 Apr. 2020 Her signature aerial views of local life in gumdrop colors—women in a flower market, men gathering coffee beans—have been widely emulated, as has her enterprising spirit: There are now six working woman artists in San Juan La Laguna. Julien Capmeil, Condé Nast Traveler, "In Guatemala, Eco-Retreats and Arts Collectives Blend Seamlessly with Tradition," 30 Mar. 2020 Its reintroduction—a part of an effort that involved buying millions of acres in Chile and Argentina and turning the vast expanse into conservation land—began with an enterprising American couple. Massimo Vitali, National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 28 Apr. 2020 Washington This enterprising group of smaller producers in the Red Mountain district have joined forces for nightly happy hours, each with a unique focus. Matt Bean, Sunset Magazine, "Virtual Tastings, Free Shipping, and More: Your Guide to the Wine World During Quarantine," 25 Mar. 2020 However, there is still a shred of hope that Freeridge’s most enterprising teens can be pulled back together come a possible season 4. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "What Does That Heartbreaking On My Block Cliffhanger Mean?," 12 Mar. 2020 Imagine if some enterprising chef brought the best of the United States’ greasy spoon diner dishes to some other country, enchanting the locals with chili cheese fries, jalapeño poppers, and chicken and waffles. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "Azalina Eusope’s triumphant San Francisco restaurant is a tribute to mamak street food," 12 Mar. 2020

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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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“Enterprising.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enterprising. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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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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