Enterprise Definition

ĕntər-prīz
enterprises
noun
enterprises
An undertaking; project.
Webster's New World
An undertaking, especially one of some scope, complication, and risk.
American Heritage
A business organization.
American Heritage
Industrious, systematic activity, especially when directed toward profit.
Private enterprise is basic to capitalism.
American Heritage
Willingness to undertake new or risky projects; energy and initiative.
Webster's New World
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proper name
Town in SE Nev., near Las Vegas.
Webster's New World
verb
(intransitive) To undertake an enterprise, or something hazardous or difficult.
Wiktionary

To undertake; to begin and attempt to perform; to venture upon.

Wiktionary

To treat with hospitality; to entertain.

Wiktionary

Origin of Enterprise

  • Middle English from Old French entreprise from past participle of entreprendre to undertake entre- between (from Latin inter- inter–) prendre to take (from Latin prehendere, prēndere ghend- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French via Middle English and Middle French entreprise, feminine past participle of entreprendre (“to undertake”), from entre (“in between”) + prendre (“to take”), from Latin inter + prehendō, see prehensile.

    From Wiktionary

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