enterprise


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Enterprise \En"ter*prise\, v. i.
   To undertake an enterprise, or something hazardous or
   difficult. [R.] --Pope.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Enterprise \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.
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            Their hands can not perform their enterprise. --Job
                                                  v. 12.
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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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Enterprise \En"ter*prise\, v. t.
   1. To undertake; to begin and attempt to perform; to venture
      upon. [R.]
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            The business must be enterprised this night.
                                                  --Dryden.
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            What would I not renounce or enterprise for you!
                                                  --T. Otway.
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   2. To treat with hospitality; to entertain. [Obs.]
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            Him at the threshold met, and well did enterprise.
                                                  --Spenser.
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