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entrepreneur

[ ahn-truh-pruh-nur, -noor; French ahn-truh-pruh-nœr ]

noun

, plural en·tre·pre·neurs [ahn-tr, uh, -pr, uh, -, nurz, -, noorz, ah, n, -t, r, uh, -p, r, uh, -, nœr].
  1. a person who organizes and manages any enterprise, especially a business, usually with considerable initiative and risk.
  2. an employer of productive labor; contractor.


verb (used with object)

  1. to deal with or initiate as an entrepreneur.

verb (used without object)

  1. to act as an entrepreneur.

entrepreneur

/ ˌɒntrəprəˈnɜː; ɑ̃trəprənœr /

noun

  1. the owner or manager of a business enterprise who, by risk and initiative, attempts to make profits
  2. a middleman or commercial intermediary


entrepreneur

  1. One who starts a business or other venture that promises economic gain but that also entails risks.


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Derived Forms

  • ˌentrepreˈneurship, noun
  • ˌentrepreˈneurial, adjective
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Other Words From

  • en·tre·pre·neur·i·al adjective
  • en·tre·pre·neur·ship noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of entrepreneur1

First recorded in 1875–80; from French: literally, “one who undertakes (some task),” equivalent to entrepren(dre) “to undertake” (from Latin inter- inter- + prendere “to take,” variant of prehendere ) + -eur -eur; enterprise
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Word History and Origins

Origin of entrepreneur1

C19: from French, from entreprendre to undertake; see enterprise
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Example Sentences

Four Points is intentionally offering incentives that lower startup costs for local entrepreneurs.

From Fortune

That paints a picture of a city that’s successfully pushing medium-sized companies to great heights but is struggling to get minority entrepreneurs to the starting line in the first place.

From Ozy

Indeed, most of the entrepreneurs I’ve met over the years aimed at just this kind of success.

From Fortune

You can’t blame the social media companies for this, they are entrepreneurs too, and their profit depends on the money you take away from them when your post reaches too far.

Instead of releasing the model for everyone to use, it has only granted beta access to a select few—a mix of entrepreneurs, researchers, and public figures in the tech world.

Malaysian-based entrepreneur Tony Fernandes has turned AirAsia into the most successful low cost airline in southeast Asia.

The Virologist By Andrew Marantz, New Yorker How a young entrepreneur built an empire by repackaging memes.

The feisty airline is the brainchild of entrepreneur Tony Fernandes, a Malaysian of Indian descent who also is a British citizen.

Beck is in the same position as any post-industrial capitalist entrepreneur.

Internet media entrepreneur Nick Denton is a person to whom harsh judgments adhere like barnacles.

Indeed, the entrepreneur sometimes finds it to his advantage to give his employees even more than strict justice would demand.

The successful entrepreneur for instance draws a rent of ability from his superior equipment and education.

The managing entrepreneur knows better, when he deals with union rules and walking delegates.

We shall term it the function of the entrepreneur, using this term in an unusually strict way.

The entrepreneur in his capacity of buyer and seller does not even do the work which purchases and sales involve.

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