Definition of enterprising in English:



  • Having or showing initiative and resourcefulness.

    ‘some enterprising teachers have started their own recycling programmes’
    • ‘Pearson was an enterprising individual and demonstrated great conviction in his way-out proposal.’
    • ‘He recounts all of this blithely, but the work was both dangerous and enterprising.’
    • ‘Last year, for example, some enterprising young chaps went off to the Mount Everest base camp!’
    • ‘What this team of enterprising young men do is to bring together components and assemble units at their place.’
    • ‘Do you suppose some enterprising journalist might now ask to have a look at the whole journal?’
    • ‘That, of course, means more mature politicians and enterprise agencies who are actually enterprising.’
    • ‘How refreshing it was to meet such enterprising and caring youngsters who care for their community and enjoy improving it.’
    • ‘It is also credited to his enterprising spirit that many such dreams are materialised.’
    • ‘Some of his shots were little more than slogging but none could question his bold and enterprising approach.’
    • ‘An enterprising teacher has been recognised for her skills in the classroom.’
    • ‘However, he was able to draw around him others with an enterprising spirit.’
    • ‘The Scottish film industry may be small, but is recognised globally as creative, enterprising and skilled.’
    • ‘If only kids elsewhere displayed that kind of enterprising spirit.’
    • ‘To a contrary effect, the press has grown far more enterprising as it has become much more difficult to keep in line.’
    • ‘They've got some big-hearted kids and one or two talented players, and they were enterprising.’
    • ‘This was a group of enterprising employees doing a spoof of their office.’
    • ‘Unemployed and facing the dole queue, this enterprising young man decided to set up his own business.’
    • ‘Other enterprising Brits have also gone into business in the area.’
    • ‘Then the questions of how we achieve an enterprising and dynamic Scotland become more obvious and the answers simpler.’
    • ‘Much more attention needs to be given to encouraging enterprising attitudes in young people and their teachers.’
    resourceful, imaginative, ingenious, inventive, original, creative
    quick-witted, clever, bright, sharp, talented, gifted, able, capable
    spirited, enthusiastic, dynamic, ambitious, energetic, entrepreneurial, vigorous
    bold, daring, audacious, courageous, intrepid, adventurous
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