- 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.
Origin of enterprising
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Related Wordsindustrious, intrepid, daring, diligent, aspiring, hardworking, dashing, ambitious, adventurous, active, aggressive, alert, audacious, bold, busy, craving, driving, eager, enthusiastic, go-ahead
Examples from the Web for enterprising
In any case, some enterprising independent producer might have enough material for a reality-show pilot.The Bloodiest Media Coups of 2014
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The shift in language and content is click-bait for the enterprising eBay-er.Dismembering History: The Shady Online Trade in Ancient Texts
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Even the most enterprising toddler would have a hard time swallowing one.Kids Eat the Darndest Things: Laundry Pods, Teething Necklaces, and More Of The Weirdest Stuff Sending Kids to the E.R.
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Even so, the process of globalization began thousands of years ago, thanks especially to the work of enterprising mariners.Why We Should Read World History
December 25, 2013
But if you look hard enough, you can find some enterprising souls who are doing just that.No, a $15-Hour Fast Food Wage Isn’t Crazy
December 5, 2013
I cannot but hope that our ambitious and enterprising stock breeders will secure to themselves their full share.
This he turned over to his enterprising assistant to look after.Herbert Hoover
The inhabitants are energetic and enterprising, a vigorous and courageous race.
Gorman is, like the Megalians, enterprising and full of courage.
Altogether that was a busy, enterprising summer at Quarry Farm.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
- ready to embark on new ventures; full of boldness and initiative
Word Origin and History for enterprising
"eager to undertake," 1610s, from enterprise. Until mid-19c. (at least in Britain) mostly in a bad sense: "scheming, ambitious, foolhardy." Earlier (1560s) as a verbal noun meaning "action of undertaking."