- 1A project or undertaking, especially a bold or complex one: a joint enterprise between French and Japanese companiesMore example sentences
undertaking, endeavour, venture, pursuit, exercise, activity, operation, exploit, mission, deed, act, action, move, measure, task, business, affair, proceeding; scheme, plan, plan of action, programme, campaign; project, proposal, proposition, suggestion, idea, conception• informal caperBritish • informal wheeze
- So bold an enterprise, so boldly undertaken, is bound to provoke not merely thought but dissent.
- The cases tend to talk in terms of there being a joint enterprise, or pre-arranged plan or talk of the accused acting in concert.
- It is at this point that the idea of a joint enterprise, be it marital or based on cohabitation, becomes crucial.
- 1.1 [mass noun] Initiative and resourcefulness: success came quickly, thanks to a mixture of talent, enterprise, and luckMore example sentences
initiative, resourcefulness, resource, imagination, imaginativeness, ingenuity, inventiveness, originality, creativity; quick-wittedness, cleverness, native wit, talent, ability, capability; spirit, spiritedness, enthusiasm, dynamism, leadership, drive, zest, dash, ambition, ambitiousness, energy, verve, vigour, vitality; boldness, daring, spirit of adventure, audacity, courage, intrepidity
- Sometimes, however, it can take a little initiative and enterprise to secure municipal services for the village.
- I knew from an early age what that comfort depended on: diligence, enterprise and initiative.
- As a result, initiative, enterprise, and valor are once again at a premium.
- 2A business or company: a state-owned enterpriseMore example sentences
business, company, firm, (commercial) undertaking, venture, organization, operation, concern, industry, corporation, establishment, house, shop, office, bureau, agency, franchise, practice, partnership, consortium, cooperative, conglomerate, group, combine, syndicate
- Few local State-owned and private enterprises call the headhunting companies for help.
- It is a commercial enterprise which invites business from the public in terms of sales, parts, servicing and works.
- Tucked away behind this traditional front is a different enterprise producing an impressive business performance.
- 2.1 [mass noun] Entrepreneurial economic activity: an economic environment which encourages enterprise [as modifier]: local enterprise agenciesMore example sentences
- Equally clear is the need to support and develop local enterprise and entrepreneurship.
- Here is an agency set up to encourage local enterprise, which is using public funds to further a policy of land distribution.
- The funding will benefit local groups and encourage enterprise.
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- When workers and enterprisers combine their skills, savings, and inventiveness to produce goods and services, these are precisely the efforts that are penalized by current fiscal policies.
- Industrial booms periodically gave way to industrial collapse, with workers and enterprisers alike suffering from the breakdown.
- But media companies that dominate a market have little incentive to spend money on enterprisers and investigations.
late Middle English: from Old French, 'something undertaken', feminine past participle (used as a noun) of entreprendre, based on Latin prendere, prehendere 'to take'.