• WordNet 3.6
    • adj enterprising marked by imagination, initiative, and readiness to undertake new projects "an enterprising foreign policy","an enterprising young man likely to go far"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Mr. Spock was second in command of the Starship Enterprise.
    • a Enterprising Having a disposition for enterprise; characterized by enterprise; resolute, active or prompt to attempt; as, an enterprising man or firm.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The identification number of the Starship Enterprise is NCC-1701.
    • enterprising Having a disposition for or a tendency to enterprise; ready to undertake, or resolute or prompt to attempt, important or untried schemes.
    • enterprising Synonyms Adventurous, Enterprising. Rash, etc. (see adventurous); alert, stirring, energetic, smart, wide-awake.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • p.adj Enterprising forward in undertaking: adventurous
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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.”
  • Tony Blair
    Tony Blair
    “I believe Mrs. Thatcher's emphasis on enterprise was right.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “Beware of all enterprises that require a new set of clothes.”
  • Friedrich Schlegel
    “In actual life every great enterprise begins with and takes its first forward step in faith.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “Through want of enterprise and faith men are where they are, buying and selling and spending their lives like servants.”
  • 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.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. entreprise, pa.p. of entreprendreentre, in, prendre—L. prehendĕre, to seize.


In literature:

Was the heart of the mother with them in their enterprise?
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
Mr. Montacute was by nature a man of energy and of an enterprising spirit.
"Tancred" by Benjamin Disraeli
He is one of the most enterprising merchants in history.
"Hidden Treasures" by Harry A. Lewis
To a wonderful extent those charged with this enterprise were worthy of the task.
"A History of American Christianity" by Leonard Woolsey Bacon
However, for the commonplace national enterprise the common run will do very well.
"An Inquiry Into The Nature Of Peace And The Terms Of Its Perpetuation" by Thorstein Veblen
But the young heroic Countess dismissed all fear from her mind, and prepared for her enterprise.
"Memoirs of the Jacobites of 1715 and 1745" by Mrs. Thomson
Had he the initiative and the energy to carry out such an enterprise?
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
New York seems to have been prolific in enterprising newsboys.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
This habit extends to the churches and benevolent enterprises.
"Usury" by Calvin Elliott
But before completing their scheme they relinquished it for a grander enterprise, which would embrace the copper production of the world.
"Monopolies and the People" by Charles Whiting Baker

In poetry:

This people's enterprise is not
a potent force behind it.
They live on curds and whey a lot
and liquor when they find it.
"Table Hymn" by Jonas Hallgrimsson
But, in a daring enterprise,
Tho' glory has the conflict crown'd,
A wreck his gallant vessel lies,
While carnage reddens all around!
"The Curieux" by John Mayne
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
Are these the heroes high and true,
Who, seeing right with honest eyes,
Will risk their all in putting through
Democracy's stern Enterprise?
"To A Politician" by Edward Dyson
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:

SENTINEL & ENTERPRISE / JOHN LOVE Shirley's Acting Police Chief Alfreda Cromwell stands in front of the police station.
Risk is crux of any free enterprise system By Dan Juneau.
(FORTUNE Magazine) – There was a moment, about halfway through the recent Bill Moyers special on religion and the environment, when the whole loony enterprise seemed close to dissolving in the ether.
CrowdOptic Announces Enterprise Photo Curation Solution For Live Events.
While the frame was being cut and welded, the axle was delivered to the pros at Currie Enterprises.
Currie Enterprises is Increasing Production & Turn Around Time.
CTIA holds two annual tradeshows now, and the one in San Diego in October has a particular focus on enterprise mobility.
Show host Eric Lundquist and Senior Editor / Research Guy Currier will be unveiling a new study at CTIA covering the latest trends and features in mobile app development for the enterprise.
Turner CN Enterprises has appointed Planeta Junior Hellas and Partner Plus as its licensing agents in Greece and Cyprus.
Randy C Darrow Director of Enterprise Services US Navy.
For the Adirondack Daily Enterprise (news@lakeplacidnews.com).
There comes a time in every enterprise when you have to end it or change course.
Firefighters work to put out a major fire at a boat shop in the Northern Enterprises Boat Yard on Kachemak Drive.
Cibecs Implements Permabit Albireo into its Enterprise Endpoint Data Protection.
Microsoft recently described some improvements it made to System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection, which is the company's next-generation enterprise-grade security solution for clients and servers.

In science:

Only a Europe-wide flagship can raise and integrate the funding and human resources, which go far beyond what could be achieved by any one nation or enterprise.
This applies equally to public and private sector enterprises and FuturICT anticipates significant innovation in the public sector based on FuturICT tools.
The enterprises aiming at producing Hubble diagrams of SNe Ia were conceived within this framework.
The expansion of the universe observed with supernovae
Maluf, D. A. & Bell, D. & Ashish, N. & Knight, C & Tran, P. B., (2005) “Semi-Structured Data Management in the Enterprise: A Nimble, High-Throughput, and Scalable Approach”, Proceedings of the 9th International Database Engineering & Application Symposium (IDEAS’05), pp.115-124.
Prototype for Extended XDB Using Wiki
Computation of the universal minimal flow M (G) for various topological groups is an important enterprise.
On compactifications and the topological dynamics of definable groups