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

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 Could an enterprising fan finish what 3D Realms started (or, at least, do so differently than Gearbox Software did)? Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 9 May 2022 Also just thinking: What could an enterprising undergraduate in 1995 make? Wired, 13 Aug. 2022 Some enterprising residents and business owners are planning to resurrect the original Heritage Days for next year. cleveland, 1 Aug. 2022 With a collection of wines harvested by hand, the organic winery practices ecological farming and roots their enterprising viticulture in sustainable practices. Malik Peay, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 July 2022 Other enterprising merchants made trips especially for marketable goods—including live fauna—from Central and South America. Bridget Alex, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 June 2022 But the enterprising financial institution jumping in to fill this need will quickly find that the regulatory burden of banking the industry is very high, perhaps prohibitively high. Peter Su, Rolling Stone, 14 June 2022 The network will host the most enterprising & engaging reporters along with the best producers and digital journalists at NABJ/NAHJ convention in-person. Angelique Jackson, Variety, 27 July 2022 The targeting of this next generation is perhaps the most enterprising part of the MoonSwatch launch. Tim Barber, Wired, 18 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of enterprising

1601, in the meaning defined above

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“Enterprising.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enterprising. Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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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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