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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ In some places the watchers are more enterprising and come complete with an assistant.
▪ Other countries have been more enterprising.
▪ The more enterprising economies experience a gain whilst industries located in less enterprising countries languish.
▪ Though more enterprising than the norm, such guests are increasingly frequent visitors to the World Bank and other international institutions.
▪ An enterprising student was selling copies of the answers to the test.
▪ A bustling, affectionate, urgent, eruptive, enterprising character.
▪ And in the newer and flatter organization where there is little opportunity for promotion, how does an enterprising employee advance?
▪ Garrett was an enterprising young man.
▪ One enterprising airway promotes this idea by showing an in-flight video that leads passengers through such a work-out.
▪ Other countries have been more enterprising.
▪ She was an enterprising cook, as she was in all things, and fed her family well.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Enterprising \En"ter*pri`sing\, a. Having a disposition for enterprise; characterized by enterprise; resolute, active or prompt to attempt; as, an enterprising man or firm. -- En"ter*pri`sing*ly, adv.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"eager to undertake, prompt to attempt," 1610s, present participle adjective from the verb enterprise (late 15c.), from the noun enterprise. Until mid-19c. (at least in Britain) mostly in a bad sense: "scheming, ambitious, foolhardy." Earlier (1560s) as a verbal noun meaning "action of undertaking."


a. 1 Displaying bravery and daring in the attempt of some task. 2 Being very able and ingenious in business dealings.

  1. adj. marked by imagination, initiative, and readiness to undertake new projects; "an enterprising foreign policy"; "an enterprising young man likely to go far" [ant: unenterprising]

  2. marked by aggressive ambition and energy and initiative; "an aggressive young exective"; "a pushful insurance agent"; "a pushing youth intent on getting on in the world" [syn: aggressive, pushful, pushing, pushy]

Usage examples of "enterprising".

In the flourishing sled dog community of Two Rivers, an enterprising collector of lost booties had an opportunity to try out all of these variations and decide for himself what sort suited his team.

Under his reign, and most probably from the enterprising spirit of his subjects, his three capitals, Mentz, Treves, and Cologne, experienced the effects of hostile cruelty and avarice.

At Lyon, and at Mouvans in Dauphine, a body of Reformers, under command of the most enterprising prince of the house of Bourbon had endeavored to incite the populace to rise.

An enterprising demimondaine began taking bets in the hallway from the men and girls who had flooded the stairs to view the commotion.

Occidental peoples, but peoples called progressive, are subject to the most frequent and violent changes of fashions, not in generations only, but in decades and years of a generation, as if the mass had no mind or taste of its own, but submitted to the irresponsible ukase of tailors and modistes, who are in alliance with enterprising manufacturers of novelties.

Enterprising Lantian scouts might find high, hazardous ways through the mountains like those the Easlon scouts used, but no army could make the crossing until time or the weapon cut a passage for it.

Shippers and shipbuilders, bankers and millowners were busy, coal mines were operating to capacity, and although in chemical, electrical and other new industries the British were not as enterprising as some foreign competitors, most businesses, despite ups and downs, were doing well.

Without boldness and an enterprising spirit on the part of the leader, the most brilliant victory will lead to no great success, and its force exhausts itself all the sooner on circumstances, if these offer a strong and stubborn opposition to it.

The house of Playfair remained faithful to the enterprising spirit of its ancestors, it entered into the most daring schemes, and maintained the honour of English commerce.

Royal Air Force Tornados flew combat air-patrol missions two hundred miles offshore while the American pilots rested, a few enterprising crew chiefs painted red stars underneath the cockpits, and intelligence officers evaluated gunsight videotapes and recordings of Soviet missile radars.

Being under no apprehension for Crown Point, they assembled a body of troops, consisting of thirteen hundred regulars, seventeen hundred Canadians, and a considerable number of Indian auxiliaries, under the command of the marquis de Montcalm, a vigilant and enterprising officer, to whom the conduct of the siege was entrusted by the marquis de Vaudreuil, governor and lieutenant-general of New France.

By a tie-up with Socks Mallory, then an enterprising racketeer, Pringle peopled his catacombs with a squad of wanted men - chosen ruffians who stayed below ground gladly, and who served as the advance workers.

It was an enterprising, swashbuckling sort of mouth, the mouth of one who would lead forlorn hopes with a jest or plot whimsically lawless conspiracies against convention.

But instead of giving herself up to my embraces she resisted them, at first by those prayers which usually make lovers more enterprising, then by serious remonstrances, and at last by force.

When each wave of the movement for agricultural organization was at its crest, enterprising publishers seized the opportunity to bring out books dealing with the troubles of the farmers, the proposed remedies, and the origin and growth of the orders.