Meaning of ENTERPRISE in English


en ‧ ter ‧ prise W2 /ˈentəpraɪz $ -tər-/ BrE AmE noun

[ Date: 1400-1500 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: entreprise , from entreprendre 'to undertake' , from prendre 'to take' ]

1 . [countable] a company, organization, or business:

commercial enterprises such as banks and food manufacturers

state/public enterprise especially British English (=one owned by the government)

2 . [uncountable] the activity of starting and running businesses:

the management of state enterprise (=done by the government)

⇨ ↑ free enterprise , ↑ private enterprise

3 . [countable] a large and complicated project, especially one that is done with a group of other people SYN initiative :

The programme is a joint enterprise with the London Business School.

4 . [uncountable] the ability to think of new activities or ideas and make them work:

We’re looking for young people with enterprise and creativity.

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■ ADJECTIVES/NOUN + enterprise

▪ a large/large-scale enterprise

The company has grown into a large-scale enterprise that employs hundreds of people.

▪ a small/small-scale enterprise

The tax will affect owners of small-scale enterprises consisting of up to ten people.

▪ a successful enterprise

She is the owner of an extremely successful enterprise.

▪ a commercial/business enterprise

If you are setting up your own business enterprise, your bank can help.

▪ an economic enterprise (=one that is intended to make money)

It's an economic enterprise, not a charity.

▪ a state/state-owned enterprise ( also a public enterprise British English ) (=one owned by the government)

New Zealand Rail is a state-owned enterprise.

■ enterprise + NOUN

▪ an enterprise zone (=an area created by the government to attract businesses)

Many firms relocate to enterprise zones because of tax incentives.

▪ an enterprise economy (=an economic system in which there are many private businesses)

An enterprise economy can generate wealth and reduce unemployment.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.