Definitions for enterpriseˈɛn tərˌpraɪz

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

en•ter•priseˈɛn tərˌpraɪz(n.)

  1. a project undertaken, esp. one that is important or difficult or requires boldness or energy.

  2. a plan for such a project.

  3. participation or engagement in such projects.

  4. boldness or readiness in undertaking; adventurous spirit or ingenuity.

  5. a company organized for commercial purposes; business firm.

    Category: Business

  6. (cap.) the prototype for the space shuttle, used for atmospheric flight and landing tests.

    Category: Aerospace

Origin of enterprise:

1400–50; late ME < MF, n. use of fem. of entrepris, ptp. of entreprendre to undertake, OF, =entre-inter-+prendre to take (see prize1 )


Princeton's WordNet

  1. enterprise, endeavor, endeavour(noun)

    a purposeful or industrious undertaking (especially one that requires effort or boldness)

    "he had doubts about the whole enterprise"

  2. enterprise(noun)

    an organization created for business ventures

    "a growing enterprise must have a bold leader"

  3. enterprise, enterprisingness, initiative, go-ahead(noun)

    readiness to embark on bold new ventures

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. enterprise(noun)ˈɛn tərˌpraɪz

    a business; = company

    a very profitable enterprise

  2. enterpriseˈɛn tərˌpraɪz

    a large project

    their latest ambitious enterprise

  3. enterpriseˈɛn tərˌpraɪz

    the development of business activity

    a plan to encourage enterprise in developing countries


  1. enterprise(Noun)

    A company, business, organization, or other purposeful endeavor.

  2. enterprise(Noun)

    An undertaking or project, especially a daring and courageous one.

    Biosphere 2 was a scientific enterprise aimed at the exploration of the complex web of interactions within life systems.

  3. enterprise(Noun)

    A willingness to undertake new or risky projects; energy and initiative.

    He has shown great enterprise throughout his early career.

  4. enterprise(Noun)

    an active participation in projects

  5. Origin: From via and , feminine past participle of entreprendre, from entre + prendre, from Latin inter + prehendo, see prehensile.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Enterprise(noun)

    that which is undertaken; something attempted to be performed; a work projected which involves activity, courage, energy, and the like; a bold, arduous, or hazardous attempt; an undertaking; as, a manly enterprise; a warlike enterprise

  2. Enterprise(noun)

    willingness or eagerness to engage in labor which requires boldness, promptness, energy, and like qualities; as, a man of great enterprise

  3. Enterprise(verb)

    to undertake; to begin and attempt to perform; to venture upon

  4. Enterprise(verb)

    to treat with hospitality; to entertain

  5. Enterprise(verb)

    to undertake an enterprise, or something hazardous or difficult

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'enterprise' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2417

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'enterprise' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3532

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'enterprise' in Nouns Frequency: #775

Translations for enterprise

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


something that is attempted or undertaken (especially if it requires boldness or courage)

business enterprises; a completely new enterprise.

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