entrepreneur

[ahn-truh-pruh-nur, -noor; French ahn-truh-pruh-nœr]
noun, plural entrepreneurs [ahn-truh-pruh-nurz, -noorz; French ahn-truh-pruh-nœr] .
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:
1875–80; < 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

entrepreneurial, adjective
entrepreneurially, adverb
entrepreneurialism, entrepreneurism, noun
entrepreneurship, noun
nonentrepreneurial, adjective
semientrepreneurial, adjective

entrepreneur, intrapreneur.
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entrepreneur (ˌɒntrəprəˈnɜː, French ɑ̃trəprənœr)
 
n
1.  the owner or manager of a business enterprise who, by risk and initiative, attempts to make profits
2.  a middleman or commercial intermediary
 
[C19: from French, from entreprendre to undertake; see enterprise]
 
entrepre'neurial
 
adj
 
entrepre'neurship
 
n

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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.
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Cultural Dictionary
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.

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To rejuvenate urban centers, look to teachers and entrepreneurs.
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