enterprise meaning

[ 'entəpraiz ] Pronunciation:   "enterprise" in a sentence
Noun: enterprise  'entur`prIz
  1. A purposeful or industrious undertaking (especially one that requires effort or boldness)
    "he had doubts about the whole enterprise"
    - endeavor [US], endeavour [Brit, Cdn] 
  2. An organization created for business ventures
    "a growing enterprise must have a bold leader" 
  3. Readiness to embark on bold new ventures
    - enterprisingness, initiative, go-ahead

Derived forms: enterprises

See also: enterpriser

Type of: drive, labor [US], labour [Brit, Cdn], organisation [Brit], organization, project, task, undertaking

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AmE / noun


1 [C]

a company or business:

a thriving fast-food enterprise

How do you turn a loss-making enterprise into a profitable concern?

The country has been selling off its state enterprises.

a family/multinational/private/public/state-owned enterprise

◆ a large/medium-sized/small enterprise

◆ to control/invest in/manage/run an enterprise

◆ an enterprise expands/grows/fails/succeeds

2 [C]

a business project or activity, especially one that is difficult or involves taking risks:

a joint enterprise between French and Japanese companies

his latest business enterprise

I have some concerns about the whole enterprise.


a business/commercial/new enterprise

◆ an ambitious/a difficult/an exciting enterprise

◆ to embark on/start/undertake an enterprise

◆ an enterprise fails/succeeds

3 [U]

the activity of starting and developing businesses:

grants to encourage enterprise in the region

an enterprise culture (= in which people are encouraged to develop small businesses)

The Chancellor wants to use the tax system to boost enterprise.

❖ to encourage/promote enterprise

4 [U]

the ability to think of new projects and make them successful, especially by taking risks:

Its profits can be seen as a reward for enterprise and innovation.

a man of enterprise

great enterprise

◆ to show enterprise

1) A business venture, private or public.

2) The combination of initiative, foresight, and willingness to take risks required to make a success of running a business.

See also:

private enterprise, and state enterprise

A business firm.

Any individual, partnership, corporation, association, or other legal entity, and any union or group of individuals associated in fact although not a legal entity. 18 USC


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  1. you can spark the spirit of enterprise.
  2. the enterprise has excellent prospects.
  3. he was discouraged over his enterprise.
  4. such men can become leaders in enterprise.
  5. he was discouraged in his enterprise.

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