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Dictionary Definition



1 a purposeful or industrious undertaking (especially one that requires effort or boldness); "he had doubts about the whole enterprise" [syn: endeavor, endeavour]
2 an organization created for business ventures; "a growing enterprise must have a bold leader"
3 readiness to embark on bold new ventures [syn: enterprisingness, initiative, go-ahead]

User Contributed Dictionary

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From enterprise. ME < OFr entreprise < feminine past participle of entreprendre < entre + prendre < Latin prehendere, see prehensile


  1. a company, business, organization, or other purposeful endeavor
    The government sponsored enterprises (GSEs) are a group of financial services corporations which have been created by the United States Congress.
    A micro-enterprise is defined as a business having 5 or fewer employees and a low seed capital.
  2. an undertaking or project, especially a daring and courageous one.
    Biosphere 2 was a scientific enterprise aimed at the exploration of the complex web of interactions within life systems.
  3. a willingness to undertake new or risky projects; energy and initiative
    He has shown great enterprise throughout his early career.
  4. an active participation in projects



Company, business, organization, or endeavor
Undertaking, especially a daring and courageous one
Willingness to undertake projects, energy and initiative

Extensive Definition

Enterprise (occasionally used with the archaic spelling Enterprize) can refer to the following:

Economics and business

  • A business, company, or comparable organization
  • Entrepreneurship, the practice of starting new organizations, particularly new businesses
  • Enterprise for High School Students, a non-profit organization
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car, a car-rental agency
  • Enterprise Asia, a regional NGO for the development of entrepreneurship, based in Kuala Lumpur
  • Enterprize Canada, a Canadian student-run entrepreneurial business plan competition and conference
  • Enterprise Plc, a civil engineering and maintenance company in the United Kingdom
  • Farm enterprise, a component of a farm business; a farm may for example include an arable enterprise and a dairy enterprise
  • Free enterprise, a type of economy; a loose synonym for implemented capitalism
  • Enterprise, an informal name for STTGI (Stanford Technology Trading Group International), a U.S. weapons-dealing company involved in the Iran-Contra Affair
  • Subud Enterprise Services, any entrepreneurial activity undertaken by a member of the spiritual organization Subud

Fictional ships

Ships and boats

Spacecraft (non-fictional)



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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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