• WordNet 3.6
    • n enterprise a purposeful or industrious undertaking (especially one that requires effort or boldness) "he had doubts about the whole enterprise"
    • n enterprise readiness to embark on bold new ventures
    • n enterprise an organization created for business ventures "a growing enterprise must have a bold leader"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Mr. Spock was second in command of the Starship Enterprise.
    • Enterprise That which is undertaken; something attempted to be performed; a work projected which involves activity, courage, energy, and the like; a bold, arduous, or hazardous attempt; an undertaking; as, a manly enterprise; a warlike enterprise. "Their hands can not perform their enterprise ."
    • Enterprise To treat with hospitality; to entertain. "Him at the threshold met, and well did enterprise ."
    • v. i Enterprise To undertake an enterprise, or something hazardous or difficult.
    • Enterprise To undertake; to begin and attempt to perform; to venture upon. "The business must be enterprised this night.""What would I not renounce or enterprise for you!"
    • Enterprise Willingness or eagerness to engage in labor which requires boldness, promptness, energy, and like qualities; as, a man of great enterprise .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The identification number of the Starship Enterprise is NCC-1701.
    • n enterprise An undertaking; something projected and attempted; particularly, an undertaking of some importance, or one requiring boldness, energy, or perseverance.
    • n enterprise An adventurous and enterprising spirit; disposition or readiness to engage in undertakings of difficulty, risk, or danger, or which require boldness, promptness, and energy.
    • n enterprise Synonyms Adventure, venture, attempt, effort, endeavor. Energy, activity, alertness.
    • enterprise To undertake; attempt to perform or bring about.
    • enterprise To essay; venture upon.
    • enterprise To give reception to; entertain.
    • enterprise To attack, as with a malady; overcome.
    • enterprise To surround; circumstance.
    • enterprise To engage in an undertaking; essay; venture.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Enterprise en′tėr-prīz that which is attempted: a bold or dangerous undertaking: an adventure: daring
    • v.t Enterprise to undertake
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  • Samuel Johnson
    “Few enterprises of great labor or hazard would be undertaken if we had not the power of magnifying the advantages we expect from them.”
  • Friedrich Schlegel
    “In actual life every great enterprise begins with and takes its first forward step in faith.”
  • Francis Bacon
    “He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune; for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief.”
  • W. S. Gilbert
    “In enterprise of martial kind, when there was any fighting, he led his regiment from behind -- he found it less exciting.”
  • Gustave Flaubert
    Gustave Flaubert
    “Nothing is more humiliating than to see idiots succeed in enterprises we have failed in.”
  • Demosthenes
    “Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. enterprise, fr. entreprendre, to undertake; entre, between (L. inter,) + prendre, to take. See Inter, and Emprise


In literature:

The whole enterprise, however, had the usual end of such things.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
Like many another enterprise upon which we enter with a beating heart, the preface was infinitely more alarming than the succeeding matter.
"Marjorie" by Justin Huntly McCarthy
By enterprising, I mean, bold, adventurous, resolute to undertake.
"Thoughts on Missions" by Sheldon Dibble
With characteristic enterprise Charles used the hundred-dollar bill as a symbol of solvency.
"Charles Frohman: Manager and Man" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
It will also suggest a method for the continuous business management of a farm enterprise.
"The Young Farmer: Some Things He Should Know" by Thomas Forsyth Hunt
Could there be found an enterprise better calculated to discourage the upstart?
"Frenzied Finance" by Thomas W. Lawson
Imagine Catholic feeling if an enterprising Moslem mission were established at Lourdes.
"Pan-Islam" by George Wyman Bury
We witnessed the first buddings of his mental powers, and know that he possessed an active, enterprising mind.
"Select Temperance Tracts" by American Tract Society
He was a man of intelligence, talents, enterprise, and perseverance.
"A New Guide for Emigrants to the West" by J. M. Peck
It may result in a reduction of profit for certain enterprises.
"The Settlement of Wage Disputes" by Herbert Feis

In poetry:

Since enterprise with iron speed,
Steams on over mountain and plain,
Industry of thee hath no need,
Aod leaves thee washed red by the rain.
"The Deserted Road" by Albery Allson Whitman
Blest be that autumn brown and sere!
Bless-ed the day and blest the year,
Of his nativity!
Blest be the hospitals, which rise,
Resultant of thy enterprise,
Thy zeal and fervency.
"To Mother Huberta." by Alfred Castner King
Oh, Dark Companion, Death, whose wide embraces
O'ertake remotest change of clime and skies —
Oh, Dark Companion, Death, whose grievous traces
Are scattered shreds of riven enterprise —
"The Dark Companion" by James Brunton Stephens
Even the "Enterprise" with his grave plodding face,
Would fail to imitate the "Monitor's" grace.
If we repent we will all reach the "Mansion" on high,
Or the "Christian Recorder" has told us a lie.
"The Colored Press" by Robert C O Benjamin
How easy 'twere
To seize his person in these expeditions,
And make an end of all! You shudder, sir -
Two Maronites, who fear the Lord, have offer
To share the danger of the enterprise,
Under a proper leader.
"Nathan The Wise - Act I" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
It's not a good example to the people where we trade
To see upon our vessels' bows such things as those displayed;
So let her name be Enterprise or Thrift or Industry,
And I think we can't do better than a figurehead of ME."
"The Figurehead" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

Deputy Chief Information Officer for Enterprise Development.
While an enterprise must offer its products and services to potential consumers who are free to say no, a bureaucracy looks to the taxman.
Jolly, Global Head of Channel and Enterprise Services, Citi Transaction Services.
Model-based Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) is powerful digital intelligence that can automate and improve quality across the entire manufacturing enterprise.
My wife and I recently rented a minivan from Enterprise.
Dingle is senior vice president/editor-in-chief of BLACK ENTERPRISE magazine.
President Barack Obama during his Oval Office interview with Black Enterprise Editor-in-Chief Derek T Dingle .
Biggs is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and a former principal deputy commissioner of the Social Security Administration.
Download Enterprise CIO Decisions for free after registering.
The flood will likely impact the development of flash memory and interestingly, magnetic tape for computer and enterprise storage applications.
Salesforce.com presented numerous case studies at Dreamforce 2012 on how enterprises are incorporating social media features into their enterprise application portfolios.
But enterprise social media is a new thing to many organizations and they're still trying to figure it out.
0 A s a member of the vast right-wing conspiracy I'd certainly like to believe that private enterprise is more efficient and ultimately cheaper than government-provided services.
"Where enterprise leads," wrote British economist Joan Robinson in 1952, "finance follows".
Seeking to cement its position as Foursquare for the enterprise, DoubleDutch is introducing a freemium version as it expands its location-based sales productivity service.

In science:

Finding the symmetry reductions can be a difficult enterprise in itself (see for example), but in the next section we shall see how this complication can be avoided by using the direct method due to Weiss, Tabor and Carnevale [100].
Painleve tests, singularity structure and integrability
Despite its reputation for innovation, in many ways physics is a conservative enterprise.
Matters of Gravity, The Newsletter of the Topical Group in Gravitation of the American Physical Society, Volume 32, Fall 2008
Let us consider an organization divided into several departments such as an enterprise.
Tests on components of density mixtures
Access by UK small and medium-sized enterprises to professional and academic information.
Studies on access: a review
Modern heavy-flavour physics represents an enterprise of pr ecise experimental measurements and theory developments connected in a common effort.
Heavy Flavours in DIS and Hadron Colliders: Working Group Summary