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 made farming a joint enterprise with each benefiting from the other.’
    • ‘China and Russia will support a joint enterprise and have voted for the UN Security Council resolution of condemnation.’
    • ‘The emperor undertook great enterprises with enthusiasm; his son avoids them.’
    • ‘So bold an enterprise, so boldly undertaken, is bound to provoke not merely thought but dissent.’
    • ‘It is at this point that the idea of a joint enterprise, be it marital or based on cohabitation, becomes crucial.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Many view the European project as an enterprise of long conversations with little change.’
    • ‘In my submission, that evidence clearly laid the basis for the joint enterprise, at least as far as the attempted armed robbery went.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Thus, given the scope of the enterprise, the project would inevitably enhance teaching and stimulate research.’
    • ‘Along the way, there are some moments that threaten to take the entire enterprise completely off the rails.’
    • ‘The contributions of big game hunting to the imperial enterprise were multiple and complex.’
    • ‘It is also an enterprise that complements other positive environmental, farming and rural development schemes.’
    • ‘We want added-value projects, enterprises that involve design and development, for instance.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Indeed most of the things I had done were really joint enterprises.’
    • ‘But you have a common commodity and a common end and you have a joint enterprise, have you not?’
    undertaking, endeavour, venture, pursuit, exercise, activity, operation, exploit, mission, deed, act, action, move, measure, task, business, affair, proceeding
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    1. 1.1[mass noun] Initiative and resourcefulness:
      ‘success came quickly, thanks to a mixture of talent, enterprise, and luck’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘As a result, initiative, enterprise, and valor are once again at a premium.’
      • ‘Only then will Scotland match its historic commitment to tackling poverty with the new spirit of enterprise on which our shared future depends.’
      • ‘The spirit of enterprise depends on this will to win.’
      • ‘Big cities are both cradles and magnets for enterprise and creativity.’
      • ‘He has the drive, ability, enterprise and youth to make a further substantial contribution to the Irish media.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘For the sake of Britain's future I want every child enthused with the spirit of enterprise.’
      • ‘I want to pay tribute to that effort and spirit of enterprise.’
      • ‘Sometimes, however, it can take a little initiative and enterprise to secure municipal services for the village.’
      • ‘It shows enterprise and the ability to get on with other people, and these are often better guides to character than academic achievement.’
      • ‘Scotland needs many more people like them with ambition, courage and a strong spirit of enterprise.’
      • ‘The inequality in the world just now is reprehensible, but human ingenuity and enterprise can triumph against the odds.’
      • ‘The spirit of enterprise is alive and kicking in Scotland.’
      • ‘Remember, inventive enterprise built America, not the Federal Government.’
      • ‘I knew from an early age what that comfort depended on: diligence, enterprise and initiative.’
      • ‘These grown-up children were usually those who had no spirit of enterprise.’
      initiative, resourcefulness, resource, imagination, imaginativeness, ingenuity, inventiveness, originality, creativity
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  • 2A business or company:

    ‘a state-owned enterprise’
    • ‘Few local State-owned and private enterprises call the headhunting companies for help.’
    • ‘As well as growing more common, the enterprise has become more organised.’
    • ‘After it moved to its Curtis Street premises 13 years ago, the enterprise started stocking organic produce.’
    • ‘It was established in 1993 to promote small enterprise and job creation throughout the county.’
    • ‘The entry of private enterprises made those markets more lively and dynamic.’
    • ‘Integration between business processes within the enterprise is the first step.’
    • ‘In the past, mostly big enterprises opened up their businesses in Shanghai.’
    • ‘The established socialized enterprises were allowed to contract work in the developing private sphere.’
    • ‘State-owned enterprises have a commercial focus; that is what they were set up to have.’
    • ‘But these oligopolistic industries also included other types of business enterprises.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Tucked away behind this traditional front is a different enterprise producing an impressive business performance.’
    • ‘Reports in the Hong Kong business press say many enterprises are being pushed to the wall.’
    • ‘Anyone caught using the service as part of a commercial enterprise will have their contract terminated.’
    • ‘In many countries there is no power to seek divestiture to split up established business enterprises.’
    • ‘As a business enterprise this has not been as successful as we would like, and we're up front about that.’
    • ‘The rents generated by the sites depend on the prosperity of the enterprises on the sites.’
    • ‘The company took over the festival 15 months ago from a small non-profit making enterprise after both competed for the contract.’
    • ‘In contrast, a creditor is a commercial enterprise or a person to whom money is owed.’
    business, company, firm, 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. 2.1[mass 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is anticipated that up to 80 stands will be on display from large to medium businesses to local craft and enterprise.’
      • ‘It is scientific, economic, friendly to both enterprise and the environment - and it works.’
      • ‘Insufficient domestic demand was the main impediment to enterprise activity.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The funding will benefit local groups and encourage enterprise.’
      • ‘This will mean a drop in money for big farmers and greater emphasis on encouraging local enterprise.’
      • ‘There was also an exhibition in the college atrium to raise awareness of enterprise activities and identify potential entrepreneurs.’
      • ‘That, of course, means more mature politicians and enterprise agencies who are actually enterprising.’
      • ‘The first step was for Susan to undertake a health and safety training course run by her local county enterprise board.’
      • ‘However, smaller firms must deal with local enterprise boards, which are micro-managed.’
      • ‘Those responsible for local spending are concerned with education, local enterprise, and housing.’
      • ‘Over £338 million will be spent on local enterprise through the County Enterprise Boards.’
      • ‘In addition, representatives from local enterprise companies have attempted to dispel Edinburghers' ideas.’
      • ‘Equally clear is the need to support and develop local enterprise and entrepreneurship.’
      • ‘Potentially damaging splits have emerged on some local enterprise company boards.’
      • ‘This venture is new, with the view to help those people who love to develop local enterprise by promoting home produce.’
      • ‘As he expounded the philosophy of enterprise and free-market wealth creation, there was a stir of interest in the public gallery.’

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/