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entrepreneur

[ahn-truh-pruh-nur, -noo r; French ahn-truh-pruh-nœr] /ˌɑn trə prəˈnɜr, -ˈnʊər; French ɑ̃ trə prəˈnœr/
noun, plural entrepreneurs
[ahn-truh-pruh-nurz, -noo rz; French ahn-truh-pruh-nœr] /ˌɑn trə prəˈnɜrz, -ˈnʊərz; French ɑ̃ trə prəˈnœr/ (Show IPA)
1.
a person who organizes and manages any enterprise, especially a business, usually with considerable initiative and risk.
2.
an employer of productive labor; contractor.
verb (used with object)
3.
to deal with or initiate as an entrepreneur.
verb (used without object)
4.
to act as an entrepreneur.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; < French: literally, one who undertakes (some task), equivalent to entrepren(dre) to undertake (< Latin inter- inter- + prendere to take, variant of prehendere) + -eur -eur. See enterprise
Related forms
entrepreneurial, adjective
entrepreneurially, adverb
entrepreneurialism, entrepreneurism, noun
entrepreneurship, noun
nonentrepreneurial, adjective
semientrepreneurial, adjective
Can be confused
entrepreneur, intrapreneur.
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Examples for entrepreneurs
  • entrepreneurs boost the economy by exploiting new ideas and business models in order to turn a profit.
  • entrepreneurs are looking at ideas for using it to build lighter armored vehicles or to clean up oil spills.
  • To rejuvenate urban centers, look to teachers and entrepreneurs.
  • The trend was accompanied by expansion in the number of commercial seed and nursery entrepreneurs.
  • While dyslexic children may struggle in the early grades, they often grow into gifted story tellers, inventors and entrepreneurs.
  • Now two entrepreneurs say the problem has gotten so bad that it's time for a new weapon: a high-tech plagiarism detector.
  • The entrepreneurs stress that costs come down as technology advances.
  • Federal investment in entrepreneurs will create jobs, boost the economy and raise energy security.
  • Native entrepreneurs own skateboard companies and sponsor community-based skate teams.
  • The consumer electronics business, once the playground of large companies, has seen scrappy entrepreneurs charge in.
British Dictionary definitions for entrepreneurs

entrepreneur

/ˌɒntrəprəˈnɜː; French ɑ̃trəprənœr/
noun
1.
the owner or manager of a business enterprise who, by risk and initiative, attempts to make profits
2.
a middleman or commercial intermediary
Derived Forms
entrepreneurial, adjective
entrepreneurship, noun
Word Origin
C19: from French, from entreprendre to undertake; see enterprise
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Word Origin and History for entrepreneurs
entrepreneur
1828, reborrowing of Fr. entrepreneur "one who undertakes or manages," from O.Fr. entreprendre "undertake." The word first crossed the Channel late 15c. but did not stay.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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entrepreneurs in Culture
entrepreneur [(ahn-truh-pruh-nur, ahn-truh-pruh-noor)]

One who starts a business or other venture that promises economic gain but that also entails risks.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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