Definition of Enterprise

1. Noun. A purposeful or industrious undertaking (especially one that requires effort or boldness). "He had doubts about the whole enterprise"

2. Noun. An organization created for business ventures. "A growing enterprise must have a bold leader"

3. Noun. Readiness to embark on bold new ventures.
Exact synonyms: Enterprisingness, Go-ahead, Initiative
Generic synonyms: Drive
Derivative terms: Enterpriser, Enterprising, Go Ahead

Definition of Enterprise

1. n. 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. v. t. To undertake; to begin and attempt to perform; to venture upon.

3. v. i. To undertake an enterprise, or something hazardous or difficult.

Definition of Enterprise

1. Noun. A company, business, organization, or other purposeful endeavor. ¹

2. Noun. An undertaking or project, especially a daring and courageous one. ¹

3. Noun. A willingness to undertake new or risky projects; energy and initiative. ¹

4. Noun. an active participation in projects ¹

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Definition of Enterprise

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Enterprise

enterovesical fistula
enterprise (current term)
enterprise architecture
enterprise architecture model
enterprise feedback management
enterprise liability
enterprise service bus
enterprise union
enterprise unions
enterprise zone

Literary usage of Enterprise

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Report of the Congressional Committees Investigating the Iran/Contra Affair by Lee H. Hamilton, Daniel K. Inouye (1995)
"Chapter 22 The enterprise Almost $48 million flowed into the enterprise. It came from contributions directed to the enterprise by North from Carl "Spitz" ..."

2. Mark Twain: The Personal and Literary Life of Samuel Langhorne Clemens by Albert Bigelow Paine (1912)
"(See Chapters xH to xliii; also Appendix C.) Reported the Nevada Legislature for the enterprise. First used the name "Mark Twain," February 2. ..."

3. Bulletin by United States (1918)
"Part-time education is a community enterprise, embracing, ... Every element of the wage-earning population may enter into this cooperative enterprise. ..."

4. A History of the People of the United States: From the Revolution to the by John Bach McMaster (1896)
"To stop this trade the armed brig enterprise had been ordered there to do duty as a ... She was therefore no match for the enterprise, and might well have ..."

5. The Cambridge Modern History by John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Acton, Ernest Alfred Benians, George Walter Prothero, Sir Adolphus William Ward (1907)
"Failing a war upon the Rhine, Polignac meditated an enterprise in Algiers, ... If this Algerian enterprise," wrote Talleyrand, " is an expedient to ..."

6. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1843)
"The weather proved favourable to their enterprise. Undei the cover of a thick foe, ... (31) hrst enterprise was against the important place of Boulogne. ..."

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