Definitions

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.
  • intransitive v. To undertake an enterprise, or something hazardous or difficult.
  • transitive v. To undertake; to begin and attempt to perform; to venture upon.
  • transitive v. To treat with hospitality; to entertain.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • 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.

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

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.

Examples

  • The term "enterprise risk" refers to nontraditional ventures, such as when an issuer backs the debt or operations of power plants, hospitals or nursing homes, the report said.

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  • He is correct in the need to achieve balance, but this is only relevant to those shops who use the term enterprise architecture to describe the practice of building ivory towers.

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  • We're using the term enterprise cloud to mean an extension of data center resources into the cloud with the same security, audit, and management/administrative components that are best practices within the enterprise.

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  • It may sound implausible that a doctrine of true, pure, boundless love could emerge from the strategic imperatives of entrepreneurship, even when the enterprise is a religion.

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  • Yes | No | Report from mfiaprncss wrote 43 weeks 1 day ago the enterprise is my cousins boat. you will have a FANTASTIC time on the boat with him. it is such a beautiful place to fish and site see also. you can contact him for a charter at 541.765.2245 GOOD LUCK!!

    I'm going to be in the Portland Oregon area in mid September. Any suggestions for charter fishing?

  • The big push into the enterprise is also a key to the strategy.

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  • Fair enough if they want to get a younger audience but they should have left well enough alone and picked a different ship with a new crew. the enterprise is an iconic symbol and to mess with it is just wrong. if they wanted to change it they should set it further on in time and made the enterprise F. i am sorry i was mistaken about Chris Pike.

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  • Now that I think about it, it's a wonder this enterprise is allowed out on the net even with NN: Traditional Catholic, pro-life, Ron Paul fan, voter for prop 8. ... and still not convinced that the designated hitter rule is good for baseball. posted by John at 9: 30 PM

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  • The analyst firm just released a new report indicating that RSS used within the enterprise is an effective solution.

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  • Web 2.0 in the enterprise is a conference topic I would actually attend.

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  • "Distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes."

    ~Henry David Thoreau

    October 25, 2009

  • It is one of several words that is often used in the nameplate of newspapers, such as The Oconee Enterprise in Watkinsville, Ga.

    July 30, 2009