What does Enterprise mean?

Definitions for Enterprise
ˈɛn tərˌpraɪzEnter·prise

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. enterprise, endeavor, endeavournoun

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

    "he had doubts about the whole enterprise"

  2. enterprisenoun

    an organization created for business ventures

    "a growing enterprise must have a bold leader"

  3. enterprise, enterprisingness, initiative, go-aheadnoun

    readiness to embark on bold new ventures


  1. enterprisenoun

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

  2. enterprisenoun

    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. enterprisenoun

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

    He has shown great enterprise throughout his early career.

  4. enterprisenoun

    an active participation in projects

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary


    An undertaking of hazard; an arduous attempt.

    Etymology: entreprise, French.

    Now is the time to execute mine enterprises to the destruction of the enemies. Judith ii. 5.

    Whet on Warwick to this enterprise. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    The day approach’d, when fortune should decide
    Th’ important enterprise, and give the bride. Dryden.

  2. To Enterpriseverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Nor shall I to the work thou enterprisest
    Be wanting, but afford thee equal aid. John Milton, Parad. Lost.

    Princes were only chiefs of those assemblies, by whose consultations and authority the great actions were resolved and enterprised. William Temple.

    An epick poem, or the heroick action of some great commander, enterprised for the common good and honour of the Christian cause, and executed happily, may be as well written now as it was of old by the heathens. John Dryden, Juv. Dedicat.

    Haste then, and lose no time:
    The business must be enterpris’d this night;
    We must surprise the court in its delight. Dryden.

    In goodly garments, that her well became,
    Fair marching forth in honourable wise,
    Him at the threshold met, and well did enterprise. Fa. Qu.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Enterprisenoun

    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. Enterprisenoun

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

  3. Enterpriseverb

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

  4. Enterpriseverb

    to treat with hospitality; to entertain

  5. Enterpriseverb

    to undertake an enterprise, or something hazardous or difficult

  6. Etymology: [F. enterprise, fr. entreprendre to undertake; entre between (L. inter) + prendre to take. See Inter, and Emprise.]


  1. Enterprise

    Enterprise is a fictional spaceship which appeared in the American science fiction television series Star Trek: Enterprise. It had the in-universe registration of NX-01 and appeared earlier in the franchise timeline than any Starfleet ship named Enterprise. The producers of the series had originally intended to use an Akira-class starship as seen in Star Trek: First Contact, but production designer Herman Zimmerman talked them into using a design with greater influence from Star Trek: The Original Series. Doug Drexler designed the exterior of the vessel, eventually arriving at the final design after also suggesting a Daedalus-class starship with a sphere-shaped primary hull, and a ship more reminiscent of the USS Enterprise complete with secondary hull. These ideas were turned down by the producers, who instead pushed for the final version as seen. Drexler also proposed a refit design, which may have been used if the series continued into a fifth season. The interior of the ship was designed by a number of staff members, but primarily by Zimmerman.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Enterprise

    en′tėr-prīz, n. that which is attempted: a bold or dangerous undertaking: an adventure: daring.—v.t. to undertake.—n. En′terpriser, an adventurer.—p.adj. En′terprising, forward in undertaking: adventurous.—adv. En′terprisingly. [O. Fr. entreprise, pa.p. of entreprendreentre, in, prendre—L. prehendĕre, to seize.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. enterprise

    An undertaking of difficulty and danger.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. enterprise

    An undertaking attended with some hazard and danger.

Editors Contribution

  1. enterprise

    A group of united people who work together with a perfect, accurate, simple and specific budget, goals, laws, legislation, objectives, plans, processes, procedures, rules, strategies, structures, systems, treaties, vision, equal and identical pay for all, sense of solidarity and cohesion. These organizations employ a moderate number of employees who receive the equal and identical pay for all, equal holiday entitlement and all profits earned from the organization are reinvested where required, just and fair or shared with the national unity government to redistribute using just real-time data, information, facts, research and statistics and an agreed percentage to the united nations SDG projects which are assessed and approved by the relevant community, local, regional, national or international SDG assessment panel

    The enterprise is created to ensure equality, unity of purpose and a role in the community for all.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 19, 2020  

  2. enterprise

    The activity of providing commodities, goods, products or services.

    To manage an enterprise is a real gift that many chose to do as it gives them the freedom to create according to their sense of ethics, morals and passion.

    Submitted by MaryC on August 20, 2020  

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  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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Enterprise in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Enterprise in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Enterprise in a Sentence

  1. Paulo Cesar Silva:

    It causes a major distortion in the market. We're not competing with a private enterprise any more. We're competing with the government.

  2. William O. Douglas:

    One aspect of modern life which has gone far to stifle men is the rapid growth of tremendous corporations. Enormous spiritual sacrifices are made in the transformation of shopkeepers into employees. The disappearance of free enterprise has led to a submergence of the individual in the impersonal corporation in much the same manner as he has been submerged in the state in other lands.

  3. Timothy Ray:

    The sum total of what we are doing is a very significant broad enterprise, which reflects the renewed interest.

  4. Ted Cruz:

    The right answer is not the Washington solution of a meaningless show vote, the solution that makes sense is we should not be spending taxpayer funds to fund an ongoing criminal enterprise.

  5. Hannah Arendt:

    When we were told that by freedom we understood free enterprise, we did very little to dispel this monstrous falsehood. Wealth and economic well-being, we have asserted, are the fruits of freedom, while we should have been the first to know that this kind of happiness has been an unmixed blessing only in this country, and it is a minor blessing compared with the truly political freedoms, such as freedom of speech and thought, of assembly and association, even under the best conditions.

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