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en·ter·prise  audio  (ntr-prz) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. An undertaking, especially one of some scope, complication, and risk.
  2. A business organization.
  3. Industrious, systematic activity, especially when directed toward profit: Private enterprise is basic to capitalism.
  4. 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).

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English, from Old French entreprise, from past participle of entreprendre, to undertake : entre-, between (from Latin inter-; see inter-) + prendre, to take (from Latin prehendere, prndere; see ghend- in Indo-European roots)

OTHER FORMS:
enter·priser(Noun)


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