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[n] a purposeful or industrious undertaking (especially one that requires effort or boldness); "he had doubts about the whole enterprise"
[n] readiness to embark on bold new ventures
[n] an organization created for business ventures; "a growing enterprise must have a bold leader"


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\En"ter*prise\, n. [F. enterprise, fr. entreprendre to undertake; entre between (L. inter) + prendre to take. See {Inter}, and {Emprise}.]
1. That which is undertaken; something attempted to be performed; a work projected which involves activity, courage, energy, and the like; a bold, arduous, or hazardous attempt; an undertaking; as, a manly enterprise; a warlike enterprise. --Shak. Their hands can not perform their enterprise. --Job v. 1
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2. Willingness or eagerness to engage in labor which requires boldness, promptness, energy, and like qualities; as, a man of great enterprise.
\En"ter*prise\, v. t.
1. To undertake; to begin and attempt to perform; to venture upon. [R.] The business must be enterprised this night. --Dryden. What would I not renounce or enterprise for you! --T. Otway.
2. To treat with hospitality; to entertain. [Obs.] Him at the threshold met, and well did enterprise. --Spenser.
\En"ter*prise\, v. i. To undertake an enterprise, or something hazardous or difficult. [R.] --Pope.

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