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Meaning of “enterprise” in the English Dictionary

"enterprise" in British English

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enterprisenoun

uk   /ˈen.tə.praɪz/  us   /-t̬ɚ-/
  • enterprise noun (BUSINESS)

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

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  • enterprise noun (PERSONAL QUALITY)

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

"enterprise" in American English

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enterprisenoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈen·tərˌprɑɪz/
an ​organization, esp. a ​business, or a ​difficult and ​importantplan, esp. one that will ​earnmoney: [U] private enterprise [C] The ​road is ​bordered by ​shoppingcenters, ​restaurants, ​retailoutlets, and other ​commercial enterprises. Enterprise is also the ​willingness and ​energy to do something new that ​takes a lot of ​effort: [U] They’ve ​showed a ​greatdeal of enterprise in setting up this ​project.
(Definition of enterprise from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"enterprise" in Business English

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enterprisenoun

uk   us   /ˈentəpraɪz/
[C] an ​organization, a ​company, or a ​business: amanufacturing/​catering/​farming enterprise a large/​small/medium-sized enterprise astate/state-owned/​multinational enterprise adomestic/​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 ​supportlocalsmall enterprise ​development.
[C] a ​businessplan or ​project, especially one that is difficult or that may ​fail or ​losemoney: a business/commercial/economic enterprise What we always ​look for in a future ​businesspartner is a ​commitment to the ​business enterprise and its ​success. asuccessful/​joint enterprise
[U] businessactivity in ​general: boost/encourage/promote enterprise The ​governmentunveiled a wide ​range of ​measures to ​boostbusiness and enterprise yesterday. The enterprise and ​developmentcommitteesupportsinnovation 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 ​primeminister applauded the ​innovation of ​privateentrepreneurs and said he would like to see similar enterprise in the ​publicsector, too. The ​schemerewards young ​people who show ​initiative and enterprise.
(Definition of enterprise from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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