[ en-ter-prahy-zing ]
/ ˈɛn tərˌpraɪ zɪŋ /


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

First recorded in 1565–75; enterprise + -ing2

Related forms

en·ter·pris·ing·ly, adverbnon·en·ter·pris·ing, adjectiveun·en·ter·pris·ing, adjectiveun·en·ter·pris·ing·ly, adverb

Synonym study

1. See ambitious.
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British Dictionary definitions for enterprising


/ (ˈɛntəˌpraɪzɪŋ) /


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

Derived Forms

enterprisingly, adverb
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