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enterprising

[en-ter-prahy-zing] /ˈɛn tərˌpraɪ zɪŋ/
adjective
1.
ready to undertake projects of importance or difficulty, or untried schemes; energetic in carrying out any undertaking:
Business is in need of enterprising young people.
2.
characterized by great imagination or initiative:
an enterprising foreign policy.
Origin
1565-1575
1565-75; enterprise + -ing2
Related forms
enterprisingly, adverb
nonenterprising, adjective
unenterprising, adjective
unenterprisingly, adverb
Synonyms
1. venturous, venturesome, resourceful, adventurous. See ambitious.
Antonyms
1. timid, cautious.
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British Dictionary definitions for enterprisingly

enterprising

/ˈɛntəˌpraɪzɪŋ/
adjective
1.
ready to embark on new ventures; full of boldness and initiative
Derived Forms
enterprisingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for enterprisingly

enterprising

adj.

"eager to undertake," 1610s, from 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."

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