Definition of enterprise in English:

enterprise

noun

  • 1A project or undertaking, especially a bold or complex one.

    ‘a joint enterprise between French and Japanese companies’
    • ‘This used to be a joint enterprise with her husband.’
    • ‘The Universe was believed to be far too complex for such an enterprise to be even considered.’
    • ‘The contributions of big game hunting to the imperial enterprise were multiple and complex.’
    • ‘Many view the European project as an enterprise of long conversations with little change.’
    • ‘It is also an enterprise that complements other positive environmental, farming and rural development schemes.’
    • ‘You are advised to take the lead with regard to joint enterprises and commitments.’
    • ‘Next, you'll list the tasks that will bring about the successful completion of your new enterprise.’
    • ‘Neither of them are alleged to have actually wielded the knife, but were part of a joint enterprise, he said.’
    • ‘China and Russia will support a joint enterprise and have voted for the UN Security Council resolution of condemnation.’
    • ‘It is at this point that the idea of a joint enterprise, be it marital or based on cohabitation, becomes crucial.’
    • ‘Indeed most of the things I had done were really joint enterprises.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In my submission, that evidence clearly laid the basis for the joint enterprise, at least as far as the attempted armed robbery went.’
    • ‘Thus, given the scope of the enterprise, the project would inevitably enhance teaching and stimulate research.’
    • ‘So bold an enterprise, so boldly undertaken, is bound to provoke not merely thought but dissent.’
    • ‘But you have a common commodity and a common end and you have a joint enterprise, have you not?’
    • ‘We want added-value projects, enterprises that involve design and development, for instance.’
    • ‘Along the way, there are some moments that threaten to take the entire enterprise completely off the rails.’
    • ‘The emperor undertook great enterprises with enthusiasm; his son avoids them.’
    • ‘This made farming a joint enterprise with each benefiting from the other.’
    undertaking, endeavour, venture, pursuit, exercise, activity, operation, exploit, mission, deed, act, action, move, measure, task, business, affair, proceeding
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    1. 1.1mass noun Initiative and resourcefulness.
      ‘success came quickly, thanks to a mixture of talent, enterprise, and luck’
      • ‘The spirit of enterprise is alive and kicking in Scotland.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The inequality in the world just now is reprehensible, but human ingenuity and enterprise can triumph against the odds.’
      • ‘Scotland needs many more people like them with ambition, courage and a strong spirit of enterprise.’
      • ‘The spirit of enterprise depends on this will to win.’
      • ‘I want to pay tribute to that effort and spirit of enterprise.’
      • ‘It took a number of coincidences and lots of good luck to release this strong spirit of enterprise hidden in them.’
      • ‘But, I am bound to add, in the context of the spirit of Western enterprise, it should not surprise us.’
      • ‘A happy combination of luck and enterprise has put a South Lakeland village on the brink of prosperity for the foreseeable future.’
      • ‘For the sake of Britain's future I want every child enthused with the spirit of enterprise.’
      • ‘Only then will Scotland match its historic commitment to tackling poverty with the new spirit of enterprise on which our shared future depends.’
      • ‘A baya of enterprise, energy and skill may be the proud builder of four nests in a colony, each happily occupied with a female on eggs.’
      • ‘These grown-up children were usually those who had no spirit of enterprise.’
      • ‘It shows enterprise and the ability to get on with other people, and these are often better guides to character than academic achievement.’
      • ‘Sometimes, however, it can take a little initiative and enterprise to secure municipal services for the village.’
      • ‘Remember, inventive enterprise built America, not the Federal Government.’
      • ‘Or is it only the last chapter of the long story of our ability to absorb foreigners, and draw new strength from their energy and enterprise?’
      • ‘He has the drive, ability, enterprise and youth to make a further substantial contribution to the Irish media.’
      • ‘Big cities are both cradles and magnets for enterprise and creativity.’
      initiative, resourcefulness, resource, imagination, imaginativeness, ingenuity, inventiveness, originality, creativity
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  • 2A business or company.

    ‘a state-owned enterprise’
    • ‘The company took over the festival 15 months ago from a small non-profit making enterprise after both competed for the contract.’
    • ‘In many countries there is no power to seek divestiture to split up established business enterprises.’
    • ‘Reports in the Hong Kong business press say many enterprises are being pushed to the wall.’
    • ‘But these oligopolistic industries also included other types of business enterprises.’
    • ‘State-owned enterprises have a commercial focus; that is what they were set up to have.’
    • ‘The rents generated by the sites depend on the prosperity of the enterprises on the sites.’
    • ‘Few local State-owned and private enterprises call the headhunting companies for help.’
    • ‘In contrast, a creditor is a commercial enterprise or a person to whom money is owed.’
    • ‘It was established in 1993 to promote small enterprise and job creation throughout the county.’
    • ‘After it moved to its Curtis Street premises 13 years ago, the enterprise started stocking organic produce.’
    • ‘As well as growing more common, the enterprise has become more organised.’
    • ‘Integration between business processes within the enterprise is the first step.’
    • ‘As a business enterprise this has not been as successful as we would like, and we're up front about that.’
    • ‘Anyone caught using the service as part of a commercial enterprise will have their contract terminated.’
    • ‘Tucked away behind this traditional front is a different enterprise producing an impressive business performance.’
    • ‘The entry of private enterprises made those markets more lively and dynamic.’
    • ‘In the past, mostly big enterprises opened up their businesses in Shanghai.’
    • ‘You are a business-an enterprise with a quality based product line, and skilled knowledge base.’
    • ‘It is a commercial enterprise which invites business from the public in terms of sales, parts, servicing and works.’
    • ‘The established socialized enterprises were allowed to contract work in the developing private sphere.’
    business, company, firm, undertaking, commercial undertaking, venture, organization, operation, concern, industry, corporation, establishment, house, shop, office, bureau, agency, franchise, practice, partnership, consortium, cooperative, conglomerate, group, combine, syndicate
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    1. 2.1mass noun Entrepreneurial economic activity.
      ‘an economic environment which encourages enterprise’
      as modifier ‘local enterprise agencies’
      • ‘Here is an agency set up to encourage local enterprise, which is using public funds to further a policy of land distribution.’
      • ‘It is anticipated that up to 80 stands will be on display from large to medium businesses to local craft and enterprise.’
      • ‘However, smaller firms must deal with local enterprise boards, which are micro-managed.’
      • ‘As he expounded the philosophy of enterprise and free-market wealth creation, there was a stir of interest in the public gallery.’
      • ‘Those responsible for local spending are concerned with education, local enterprise, and housing.’
      • ‘That, of course, means more mature politicians and enterprise agencies who are actually enterprising.’
      • ‘The funding will benefit local groups and encourage enterprise.’
      • ‘I am glad it does not, but the relationship between Tourism New Zealand and this new enterprise agency is one area we need to look at.’
      • ‘Occasionally labour contracts encouraged enterprise on the part of the operatives.’
      • ‘His decision to go in June is no surprise, but is earlier than expected and comes at a time when major upheaval is planned in local enterprise networks.’
      • ‘Equally clear is the need to support and develop local enterprise and entrepreneurship.’
      • ‘The first step was for Susan to undertake a health and safety training course run by her local county enterprise board.’
      • ‘Potentially damaging splits have emerged on some local enterprise company boards.’
      • ‘There was also an exhibition in the college atrium to raise awareness of enterprise activities and identify potential entrepreneurs.’
      • ‘This will mean a drop in money for big farmers and greater emphasis on encouraging local enterprise.’
      • ‘This venture is new, with the view to help those people who love to develop local enterprise by promoting home produce.’
      • ‘In addition, representatives from local enterprise companies have attempted to dispel Edinburghers' ideas.’
      • ‘Over £338 million will be spent on local enterprise through the County Enterprise Boards.’
      • ‘Insufficient domestic demand was the main impediment to enterprise activity.’
      • ‘It is scientific, economic, friendly to both enterprise and the environment - and it works.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French, ‘something undertaken’, feminine past participle (used as a noun) of entreprendre, based on Latin prendere, prehendere ‘to take’.

Pronunciation

enterprise

/ˈɛntəprʌɪz/