- a project undertaken or to be undertaken, especially one that is important or difficult or that requires boldness or energy: To keep the peace is a difficult enterprise.
- a plan for such a project.
- participation or engagement in such projects: Our country was formed by the enterprise of resolute men and women.
- boldness or readiness in undertaking; adventurous spirit; ingenuity.
- a company organized for commercial purposes; business firm.
- (initial capital letter) Military. the first nuclear-powered U.S. aircraft carrier, commissioned in 1961, with a displacement of 89,000 tons (80,723 metric tons) and eight reactors.
- (initial capital letter, italics) U.S. Aerospace. the first space shuttle, used for atmospheric flight and landing tests.
Origin of enterprise
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- a city in S Alabama.
Examples from the Web for enterprise
Yes, the gun: “While this gives a moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise, and independence to the mind.”Forget the Resolutions; Try a Few Declarations
January 1, 2015
This, of course, is why the enterprise is called natural science.2014: Revenge of the Creationists
Karl W. Giberson
December 27, 2014
As Mitchell was looking to expand his enterprise in the mid-2000s, he ran into a roadblock.At This Creepy Libertarian Charter School, Kids Must Swear ‘to Be Obedient to Those in Authority’
October 15, 2014
But Broadcasting & Cable reported that last year, it was a $55 million enterprise.How TMZ Claims Its Celebrity Scalps, Like Ray Rice
September 10, 2014
After a fruitful year (earning $81 total) he expanded his enterprise.The Ghost Hotels of the Catskills
August 25, 2014
The real purpose of the enterprise is indicated in the last clause.Stories from Thucydides
H. L. Havell
Montacute undertook the enterprise on the 19th of October, 1330.Cameos from English History, from Rollo to Edward II
Charlotte Mary Yonge
If he failed in one enterprise he would start off on another.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
Young Vail applied to his father, who was a man of enterprise and intelligence.Heroes of the Telegraph
Magua had now attained one great object of all his cunning and enterprise.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
- a project or undertaking, esp one that requires boldness or effort
- participation in such projects
- readiness to embark on new ventures; boldness and energy
- initiative in business
- (as modifier)the enterprise culture
- a business unit; a company or firm
Word Origin and History for enterprise
early 15c., "an undertaking," from Old French enterprise "an undertaking," noun use of fem. past participle of entreprendre "undertake, take in hand," from entre- "between" (see entre-) + prendre "to take," contraction of prehendere (see prehensile). Abstract sense of "readiness to undertake challenges, spirit of daring" is from late 15c.
Idioms and Phrases with enterprise
see free enterprise.