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.
Their hands can not perform their enterprise. --Job v. 12.
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.]
n 1: a purposeful or industrious undertaking (especially one that
requires effort or boldness); "he had doubts about the
whole enterprise" [syn: endeavor, endeavour]
2: an organization created for business ventures; "a growing
enterprise must have a bold leader"
3: readiness to embark on bold new ventures [syn: enterprisingness,