Definition of enterprise in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈen(t)ərˌprīz/


1A project or undertaking, typically one that is difficult or requires effort: a joint enterprise between French and Japanese companies
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  • 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.
undertaking, endeavor, venture, exercise, activity, operation, task, business, proceeding;
project, scheme, plan, program, campaign
1.1Initiative and resourcefulness: success came quickly, thanks to a mixture of talent, enterprise, and luck
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  • 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.
initiative, resourcefulness, imagination, entrepreneurialism, ingenuity, inventiveness, originality, creativity;
quick-wittedness, cleverness;
enthusiasm, dynamism, drive, ambition, energy;
boldness, daring, courage, leadership
informal gumption, get-up-and-go, oomph
2A business or company: a state-owned enterprise
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  • 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.
business, company, firm, venture, organization, operation, concern, corporation, establishment, partnership
informal outfit, setup
2.1Entrepreneurial economic activity.
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  • 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'.

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Syllabification: en·ter·prise

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