enterprise

[ en-ter-prahyz ]
/ ˈɛn tərˌpraɪz /

noun

Origin of enterprise

1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French, noun use of feminine of entrepris (past participle of entreprendre to undertake) < Latin inter- inter- + prēnsus grasped, seized, contraction of prehēnsus, equivalent to pre- pre- + hend- take hold of + -tus past participle suffix

Related forms

en·ter·prise·less, adjective

Definition for enterprises (2 of 2)

Enterprise

[ en-ter-prahyz ]
/ ˈɛn tərˌpraɪz /

noun

a city in S Alabama.
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British Dictionary definitions for enterprises

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

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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Idioms and Phrases with enterprises

enterprise


see free enterprise.

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