- The definition of an enterprise is a project, a willingness to take on a new project, an undertaking or business venture.
- An example of an enterprise is a new start-up business.
- An example of enterprise is someone taking initiative to start a business.
enterprise definition by Webster's New World
- an undertaking; project; specif.,
- a bold, difficult, dangerous, or important undertaking
- a business venture or company
- willingness to undertake new or risky projects; energy and initiative
- active participation in projects
Origin: Middle English ; from Old French entreprise ; from feminine past participle of entreprendre, to undertake ; from entre- (L inter), in, between plush prendre ; from Classical Latin prehendere: see prehensile
enterprise definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- An undertaking, especially one of some scope, complication, and risk.
- A business organization.
- Industrious, systematic activity, especially when directed toward profit: Private enterprise is basic to capitalism.
- Willingness to undertake new ventures; initiative: “Through want of enterprise and faith men are where they are, buying and selling, and spending their lives like serfs” (Henry David Thoreau).
Origin: 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).
- enˈter·prisˌer noun
enterprise - Computer Definition
(1) Any undertaking or project, with the implication that it is of reasonable size and complexity.
(2) The entire organization, including all of its subsidiaries. It implies a large corporation or government agency, but it may also refer to a company of any size with many systems and users to manage. It depends on context. A corner candy store is "someone's enterprise." The terms "enterprise," "company," "corporation" and "organization" are used synonymously. Enterprise Class When one hears about an "enterprise class device," it means high-end equipment typically for the large organization. See enterprise computing, enterprise architecture and enterprise networking.