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enterprise

[ en-ter-prahyz ]
/ ˈɛn tərˌpraɪz /
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noun
adjective
intended for use or consumption by a business firm rather than a consumer: enterprise security; enterprise software.
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Origin of enterprise

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English, from Middle French, noun use of feminine of entrepris (past participle of entreprendre “to undertake”), from Latin inter- inter- + prehēnsus, prēnsus, past participle of prehendere, prēndere “to grasp, seize,” equivalent to pre- pre- + -hendere “to grasp”

OTHER WORDS FROM enterprise

en·ter·prise·less, adjective

Other definitions for enterprise (2 of 2)

Enterprise
[ en-ter-prahyz ]
/ ˈɛn tərˌpraɪz /

noun
a city in southern Alabama.
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How to use enterprise in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for enterprise

enterprise
/ (ˈɛntəˌpraɪz) /

noun
a project or undertaking, esp one that requires boldness or effort
participation in such projects
readiness to embark on new ventures; boldness and energy
  1. initiative in business
  2. (as modifier)the enterprise culture
a business unit; a company or firm

Derived forms of enterprise

enterpriser, noun

Word Origin for enterprise

C15: from Old French entreprise (n), from entreprendre from entre- between (from Latin: inter-) + prendre to take, from Latin prehendere to grasp
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Other Idioms and Phrases with enterprise

enterprise

see free enterprise.

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