enterprise · noun /ˈent̬.ərˌprɑɪz/Full view
enterprise (BUSINESS)
C1 C a business or organization
Dictionary examples:

private enterprise

The road is bordered by shopping centers, restaurants, retail outlets, and other commercial enterprises.

Learner example:

I suppose that you didn't know about this, and I'd like to believe you will try to correct what is wrong, so that you will be able to establish your enterprise in a firm ground. (Certificate in Advanced English; C1; Portuguese)

enterprise (PLAN)
C2 C a difficult and important plan
Dictionary example:

Putting on the concert will be a joint enterprise between the two schools.

Learner example:

She succeeded in whatever enterprises she undertook all [through] her life and even the death of her husband did not prevent her from carrying on. (Certificate of Proficiency in English; C2; Spanish)

enterprise (QUALITY)
C1 when someone is enthusiastic and willing to do something new and clever, although there are risks involved
Dictionary example:

They showed a great deal of enterprise in setting up this project.

Learner example:

I am talking about a frank and sincere young lady with enterprise. (Certificate in Advanced English; C1; Swedish)

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