- 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 enterprises
Those rumors, in turn, sparked a boycott of enterprises affiliated with the family.The Godfather of Right-Wing Radio
November 23, 2014
Production relocation to Africa and South America have allowed Chinese enterprises to circumvent trade caps.'Made in China' Now Being Made in Africa
August 23, 2014
The debt-ceiling brinksmanship and government shutdown are pure Republican enterprises.The Starbucks Shutdown Petition Is Baloney
October 11, 2013
Most important, Thiel has invested heavily in enterprises dedicated to physical immortality, such as the SENS Foundation.The Immortality Financiers: The Billionaires Who Want to Live Forever
Adam Leith Gollner
August 20, 2013
Yes, companies or enterprises that lose market share have to worry about the future.Daniel Gross: CNN, NBC’s ‘Today,’ are big money makers. But you wouldn’t know it.
July 31, 2012
It is not difficult to surmise to what enterprises the President referred.The Railroad Question
If our young men miscarry in their first enterprises they lose all heart.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Another wanted me to buy a paper for him, in which he was to support all my enterprises.The Market-Place
That's the trouble with half the enterprises in the country.Mixed Faces
Both these plants are enterprises of Stone & Webster, of Boston.The Mountain that was 'God'
John H. Williams
- 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 enterprises
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 enterprises
see free enterprise.