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enterprise

noun uk   /ˈen.tə.praɪz/ us    /-t̬ɚ-/

enterprise noun (BUSINESS)

C1 [C or U] an organization, especially a business, or a difficult and important plan, especially one that will earn money: Don't forget this is a commercial enterprise - we're here to make money. Those were the years of private enterprise (= businesses being run privately, rather than by the government), when lots of small businesses were started. Her latest enterprise (= plan) is to climb Mount Everest.

enterprise noun (PERSONAL QUALITY)

C1 [U] eagerness to do something new and clever, despite any risks: They've showed a lot of enterprise in setting up this project. We need someone with enterprise and imagination to design a marketing strategy.
(Definition of enterprise from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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