from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An undertaking, especially one of some scope, complication, and risk.
- n. A business organization.
- n. Industrious, systematic activity, especially when directed toward profit: Private enterprise is basic to capitalism.
- n. Willingness to undertake new ventures; initiative: "Through want of enterprise and faith men are where they are, buying and selling, and spending their lives like serfs” ( Henry David Thoreau).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A company, business, organization, or other purposeful endeavor.
- n. An undertaking or project, especially a daring and courageous one.
- n. A willingness to undertake new or risky projects; energy and initiative.
- n. an active participation in projects
- v. To undertake an enterprise, or something hazardous or difficult.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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
- n. Willingness or eagerness to engage in labor which requires boldness, promptness, energy, and like qualities.
- transitive v. To undertake; to begin and attempt to perform; to venture upon.
- transitive v. To treat with hospitality; to entertain.
- intransitive v. To undertake an enterprise, or something hazardous or difficult.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An undertaking; something projected and attempted; particularly, an undertaking of some importance, or one requiring boldness, energy, or perseverance.
- n. An adventurous and enterprising spirit; disposition or readiness to engage in undertakings of difficulty, risk, or danger, or which require boldness, promptness, and energy.
- n. Synonyms Adventure, venture, attempt, effort, endeavor. Energy, activity, alertness.
- To undertake; attempt to perform or bring about.
- To essay; venture upon.
- To give reception to; entertain.
- To attack, as with a malady; overcome.
- To surround; circumstance.
- To engage in an undertaking; essay; venture.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an organization created for business ventures
- n. a purposeful or industrious undertaking (especially one that requires effort or boldness)
- n. readiness to embark on bold new ventures
Middle English, from Old French entreprise, from past participle of entreprendre, to undertake : entre-, between (from Latin inter-; see inter-) + prendre, to take (from Latin prehendere, prēndere; see ghend- in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French via Middle English and Middle French entreprise, feminine past participle of entreprendre ("to undertake"), from entre ("in between") + prendre ("to take"), from Latin inter + prehendō, see prehensile. (Wiktionary)