Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “enterprise”

See all translations

enterprise

noun
 
 
/ˈentəpraɪz/
[C] an organization, a company, or a business: a manufacturing/catering/farming enterprise a large/small/medium-sized enterprise a state/state-owned/multinational enterprise a domestic/local/foreign enterprise He was responsible for building the pizza company into a billion-dollar enterprise. They run a family enterprise in their local town.enterprise development/management The grants are intended to support local small enterprise development.
[C] a business plan or project, especially one that is difficult or that may fail or lose money: a business/commercial/economic enterprise What we always look for in a future business partner is a commitment to the business enterprise and its success. a successful/joint enterprise
[U] business activity in general: boost/encourage/promote enterprise The government unveiled a wide range of measures to boost business and enterprise yesterday. The enterprise and development committee supports innovation in business.
[U] the quality or activity of thinking of new ideas and activities in business and making them successful despite the risks involved: The prime minister applauded the innovation of private entrepreneurs and said he would like to see similar enterprise in the public sector, too. The scheme rewards young people who show initiative and enterprise. →  See also free enterprise , private enterprise , public enterprise
(Definition of enterprise from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of enterprise?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “enterprise” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

escapism

a way of avoiding an unpleasant or boring life, especially by thinking, reading, etc. about more exciting but impossible activities

Word of the Day

Lies, lies, lies!

by Kate Woodford,
February 25, 2015
​​​ According to sociologists (=people who study the relationships between people living in groups), we are good at lying. As a species, we have developed a remarkable ability to deceive each other (= persuade each other that something false is true). Being able to say things that are not true can help with

Read More 

showrooming noun

February 23, 2015
the activity of examining a product in a physical store and then making the purchase with an online retailer Amazon’s new smartphone is specifically designed to make showrooming fast and easy.

Read More