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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
SYNONYMS FOR enterprising
Related formsen·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

enterprising

/ (ˈɛntəˌpraɪzɪŋ) /

adjective

ready to embark on new ventures; full of boldness and initiative
Derived Formsenterprisingly, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for enterprising

enterprising


adj.

"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."

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