What does enterprise mean?

Definitions for enterprise
ˈɛn tərˌpraɪzen·ter·prise

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word enterprise.

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


  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

  6. Origin: [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.

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

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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. Daniel Ives:

    They're a proxy for enterprise spend.

  2. Henry David Thoreau:

    Distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes.

  3. Jaime Alee:

    Associating with a state enterprise creates more problems than it solves.

  4. Michael Dell:

    The combination of Dell Inc and EMC creates an enterprise solutions powerhouse.

  5. Benjamin Thomas:

    If anything, Aaron was managing Derek in this enterprise, derek was managing nobody.

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Translations for enterprise

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  • مشروع - مغامرةArabic
  • предприемчивост, инициатива, предприятиеBulgarian
  • empresaCatalan, Valencian
  • podnikCzech
  • initiativ, foretagsomhed, foretagende, bedrift, virksomhedDanish
  • Unternehmungsgeist, Unternehmen, Unternehmungslust, UnterfangenGerman
  • empresa, empuje, emprendimiento, iniciativaSpanish
  • entreprise, venture, initiativeFrench
  • מבצע, יזמות, יזמהHebrew
  • उद्यमHindi
  • impresaItalian
  • 事業, 冒険心, 企業Japanese
  • įmonėLithuanian
  • uzņēmumsLatvian
  • hinongaMāori
  • ondernemingDutch
  • empreendimento, empresa, iniciativa, empreitadaPortuguese
  • инициатива, предприятие, начинание, предприимчивость, затея, проектRussian
  • podvig, podjetjeSlovene
  • vågstycke, företagSwedish
  • підприємствоUkrainian
  • انٹرپرائزUrdu

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