from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An undertaking, especially one of some scope, complication, and risk.
  • noun A business organization.
  • noun Industrious, systematic activity, especially when directed toward profit.
  • noun Willingness to undertake new ventures; initiative.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun An undertaking; something projected and attempted; particularly, an undertaking of some importance, or one requiring boldness, energy, or perseverance.
  • noun An adventurous and enterprising spirit; disposition or readiness to engage in undertakings of difficulty, risk, or danger, or which require boldness, promptness, and energy.
  • noun Synonyms Adventure, venture, attempt, effort, endeavor. Energy, activity, alertness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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
  • noun Willingness or eagerness to engage in labor which requires boldness, promptness, energy, and like qualities.
  • transitive verb rare To undertake; to begin and attempt to perform; to venture upon.
  • transitive verb obsolete To treat with hospitality; to entertain.
  • intransitive verb rare To undertake an enterprise, or something hazardous or difficult.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A company, business, organization, or other purposeful endeavor.
  • noun An undertaking or project, especially a daring and courageous one.
  • noun A willingness to undertake new or risky projects; energy and initiative.
  • noun an active participation in projects
  • verb To undertake an enterprise, or something hazardous or difficult.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an organization created for business ventures
  • noun a purposeful or industrious undertaking (especially one that requires effort or boldness)
  • noun readiness to embark on bold new ventures


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.


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