enterprise - definition in the Business English Dictionary - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

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

cup tie

a game between two teams trying to win a cup (= prize), especially in football

Word of the Day

What’s All The Commotion About? (Words to describe sounds)

by Kate Woodford,
May 20, 2015
​​​ In this post we look at a range of words and phrases that we use to describe noise and the absence of noise. Starting with complete quiet, we sometimes use the noun hush to describe silence: A hush fell over the room as the bride walked in./There was a deathly hush (=complete

Read More 

ancestral health noun

May 25, 2015
diet based on the presumed diet of our Palaeolithic ancestors ‘Ancestral health,’ to use a term popular among Paleo followers, has gone mass.

Read More