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Definition of "enterprise" []

  • An undertaking, especially one of some scope, complication, and risk. (noun)
  • A business organization. (noun)
  • Industrious, systematic activity, especially when directed toward profit: Private enterprise is basic to capitalism. (noun)
  • Willingness to undertake new ventures; initiative: "Through want of enterprise and faith men are where they are, buying and selling, and spending their lives like serfs” ( Henry David Thoreau). (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "enterprise" in a sentence
  • "The term "enterprise risk" refers to nontraditional ventures, such as when an issuer backs the debt or operations of power plants, hospitals or nursing homes, the report said."
  • "He is correct in the need to achieve balance, but this is only relevant to those shops who use the term enterprise architecture to describe the practice of building ivory towers."
  • "We're using the term enterprise cloud to mean an extension of data center resources into the cloud with the same security, audit, and management/administrative components that are best practices within the enterprise."