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.
Enterprise .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.
Enterprise .U.S. Aerospace. the first space shuttle, used for atmospheric flight and landing tests.
intended for use or consumption by a business firm rather than a consumer: enterprise security; enterprise software.
- en·ter·prise·less, adjective
Other definitions for Enterprise (2 of 2)
a city in southern Alabama.
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How to use enterprise in a sentence
As an enterprise accelerator, Alchemist focuses primarily on seed stage companies that make their money from other companies rather than those that sell to consumers.Here are the 19 companies presenting at Alchemist Accelerator Demo Day XXV today | Greg Kumparak | September 17, 2020 | TechCrunch
Growers generally rely on enterprise resource planning platforms to track and forecast their crops, and Canix handles invoicing, costing and reporting while keeping the company compliant.Canix aims to ease cannabis cultivators’ regulatory bookkeeping | Matt Burns | September 17, 2020 | TechCrunch
It will accelerate enterprise automation and digitization efforts.Verizon plans to offer indoor 5G networks by year-end | Aaron Pressman | September 16, 2020 | Fortune
As an enterprise technology company, Oracle seems ill-equipped to manage TikTok’s consumer-facing platform or its relationships with creators and publishers.How the future of TV and streaming has – and hasn’t – been reshaped so far by 2020 | Tim Peterson | September 16, 2020 | Digiday
In partnership with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Lowe’s granted $55 million to support minority- and women-owned businesses, as well as enterprises in rural communities.Lowe’s teams up with Daymond John to diversify its suppliers with a virtual pitch competition | McKenna Moore | September 15, 2020 | Fortune
Yes, the gun: “While this gives a moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise, and independence to the mind.”
This, of course, is why the enterprise is called natural science.
The Daily Telegraph's Lisa Armstrong called the show a "stupendously vacuous enterprise."Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s Balmain Campaign: High Fashion Meets Low Culture | Amy Zimmerman | December 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But the comedic genius was wrong; success in most dimensions of the human enterprise is showing up at the right time.Why We Should Delay The Israel-Palestinian Peace Process | Aaron David Miller | December 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It was another of the nudge, nudge, wink, wink jokes that summed up the entire enterprise.Britain’s Record-Breaking Face-Sitting Porn Protest | Nico Hines | December 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
A leader of soldiers has a right to know something at least of the enterprise upon which he leads them.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
Michael Allcroft returned to his duties, tuned for labour, full of courage, and the spirit of enterprise and action.
She did not realize that a passion for a business enterprise, as for a woman, is capable of destroying the balance of any man.Hilda Lessways | Arnold Bennett
But she was half a dozen years older than de Brus, who was still in his teens and was never distinguished for enterprise.King Robert the Bruce | A. F. Murison
For the time being the interests of an enterprise of five thousand would obliterate those of fifty.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
British Dictionary definitions for enterprise
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
- enterpriser, noun
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Other Idioms and Phrases with enterprise
see free enterprise.
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