Definition of enterprise noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈentəpraɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈentərpraɪz//
    Running a business
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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 See related entries: Running a business
  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. See related entries: Running a business
  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.
  5. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French, ‘something undertaken’, feminine past participle (used as a noun) of entreprendre, based on Latin prendere, prehendere ‘to take’.Extra examples I thought she showed great enterprise. The Act will encourage private enterprise. The government has promoted the enterprise culture. The government has promoted the small firm and the enterprise culture. The programme is a joint enterprise with the National Business School. The team leader will be the most important factor in this difficult enterprise. They are willing to undertake a new enterprise. something that affects all the workers in the enterprise the complex organization of a business enterprise Have you heard about his latest business enterprise? He is in charge of an enterprise with a turnover of $26 billion. The culture of dependency was replaced by an enterprise culture. The grant is available to small and medium-sized enterprises. They plan to privatize over 100 state-owned enterprises. They provide grants to encourage enterprise in the region.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: enterprise