Meaning of ENTERPRISE in English


— enterpriseless , adj.

/en"teuhr pruyz'/ , n.

1. a project undertaken or to be undertaken, esp. one that is important or difficult or that requires boldness or energy: To keep the peace is a difficult enterprise.

2. a plan for such a project.

3. participation or engagement in such projects: Our country was formed by the enterprise of resolute men and women.

4. boldness or readiness in undertaking; adventurous spirit; ingenuity.

5. a company organized for commercial purposes; business firm.

6. ( cap. ) Mil. the first nuclear-powered U.S. aircraft carrier, commissioned in 1961, with a displacement of 89,000 tons (80,723 m ton) and eight reactors.

7. ( cap., italics ) U.S. Aerospace. the first space shuttle, used for atmospheric flight and landing tests.

[ 1400-50; late ME entrepris (ptp. of entreprendre to undertake) inter- INTER- + prensus grasped, seized, contr. of prehensus, equiv. to pre- PRE- + hend- take hold of + -tus ptp. suffix ]

Syn. 1. plan, undertaking, venture. 4. drive, aggressiveness, push, ambition.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .