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Definition of enterprise noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] a company or business an enterprise with a turnover of $26 billion state-owned/public enterprises small and medium-sized enterprises
  2. 2[countable] a large project, especially one that is difficult synonym venture his latest business enterprise a joint enterprise The music festival is a new enterprise which we hope will become an annual event.
  3. 3[uncountable] the development of businesses by the people of a country rather than by the government grants to encourage enterprise in the region an enterprise culture (= in which people are encouraged to develop small businesses) see also free enterprise, private enterprise
  4. 4[uncountable] (approving) the ability to think of new projects and make them successful synonym initiative a job in which enterprise is rewarded a man of enterprise Many hotels are showing enterprise and imagination by staging special events.
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