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enterprising

[ en-ter-prahy-zing ]
/ ˈɛn tərˌpraɪ zɪŋ /
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adjective
ready to undertake projects of importance or difficulty, or untried schemes; energetic in carrying out any undertaking: Business is in need of enterprising young people.
characterized by great imagination or initiative: an enterprising foreign policy.
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Origin of enterprising

First recorded in 1565–75; enterprise + -ing2

synonym study for enterprising

1. See ambitious.

OTHER WORDS FROM enterprising

en·ter·pris·ing·ly, adverbnon·en·ter·pris·ing, adjectiveun·en·ter·pris·ing, adjectiveun·en·ter·pris·ing·ly, adverb
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How to use enterprising in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for enterprising

enterprising
/ (ˈɛntəˌpraɪzɪŋ) /

adjective
ready to embark on new ventures; full of boldness and initiative

Derived forms of enterprising

enterprisingly, adverb
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