en·​tre·​pre·​neur·​ial ˌän-trə-p(r)ə-ˈnər-ē-əl How to pronounce entrepreneurial (audio)
: having to do with the creation and development of economic ventures : of, relating to, characteristic of, or suited to an entrepreneur
entrepreneurial skills/ambitions/projects
entrepreneurial zeal
With your colleagues and the kids out of the way, what do you buy for that spouse or friend who's gone the entrepreneurial route and is working at home?Don Crabb
Harvard Business School, long known as a gateway to corporate America, last October established a beachhead in the nation's entrepreneurial epicenter, California's Silicon Valley.Marc Ballon
… economic development is more likely to occur (if at all) in the more entrepreneurial southern region.Sarah Searight
also : engaged or interested in the development of economic ventures
an ambitious and entrepreneurial young woman
a company founded by a group of entrepreneurial scientists
entrepreneurialism noun
The map shows the distribution of high-tech manufacturing firms in the southeastern United States …, helping to identify towns and cities that are lodestones of high-tech entrepreneurialism. John Tierney
entrepreneurially adverb
… some 25 teams, drawn mostly from the ranks of universities and entrepreneurially minded engineers … Joseph Hooper

Examples of entrepreneurial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 1969, Comley's entrepreneurial spirit led him to establish City Elevator, ushering in the start of a distinguished business career. Tyler Shepherd, USA TODAY, 8 Apr. 2024 The entrepreneurial family has also taken the opportunity to show off their swim style on Instagram. Catherine Santino, Peoplemag, 8 Apr. 2024 Motagua, Suazo Sandoval was remembered by family members as an entrepreneurial family man who sent money back to Honduras to buy medicine for sick relatives, birthday cakes for celebrations and soccer uniforms for kids from across his town. Teo Armus, Washington Post, 5 Apr. 2024 In addition to the new SBA office, the bill calls for the agency to develop relationships with tribes and tribal organizations and direct entrepreneurial development, contracting and capital access programs to tribal communities. The Arizona Republic, 4 Apr. 2024 Buzzing with entrepreneurial energy, Antwerp’s creative culture is cooler than ever. Mary Winston Nicklin, Condé Nast Traveler, 2 Apr. 2024 Seeking out grant funding is an often untapped opportunity in the entrepreneurial world. Melissa Houston, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 San Diego high schools and middle schools used the program’s online collection of dance classes, inspirational video and entrepreneurial guidance and Sandifer traveled to the district each month to lead on-campus pop-up dance sessions. Darrell Smith, Sacramento Bee, 28 Mar. 2024 As the Jupiter-Uranus conjunction perfects on the 20th, you might be struck by the lightning of a brilliant entrepreneurial idea or a solution to your money woes that frees you from (at least some of) the conditions of your stuck-ness. Steph Koyfman, Condé Nast Traveler, 27 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1890, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of entrepreneurial was in 1890

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“Entrepreneurial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entrepreneurial. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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