endeavor vs enterprise what difference

what is difference between endeavor and enterprise

English

Alternative forms

  • endeavour (UK)

Etymology

The verb is from Middle English endeveren (to make an effort); the noun is from Middle English endevour, from the verb. Endeveren is from (putten) in dever ((to put oneself) in duty), from in + dever (duty), partially translating Middle French (se mettre) en devoir (de faire) ((to make it) one’s duty (to do), to endeavour (to do)) (from Old French devoir, deveir (duty)).

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɪnˈdɛv.ə/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ɛnˈdɛv.ɚ/
  • Rhymes: -ɛvə(ɹ)

Noun

endeavor (plural endeavors) (American spelling)

  1. A sincere attempt; a determined or assiduous effort towards a specific goal; assiduous or persistent activity.

Translations

Verb

endeavor (third-person singular simple present endeavors, present participle endeavoring, simple past and past participle endeavored) (American spelling)

  1. (obsolete) To exert oneself. [15th-17th c.]
  2. (intransitive) To attempt through application of effort (to do something); to try strenuously. [from 16th c.]
  3. (obsolete, transitive) To attempt (something). [16th-17th c.]
  4. To work with purpose.

Synonyms

  • strive

Translations

Anagrams

  • do a never


English

Alternative forms

  • enterprize (chiefly archaic)
  • entreprise (chiefly archaic)

Etymology

From Old French via Middle English and Middle French entreprise, feminine past participle of entreprendre (to undertake), from entre (in between) + prendre (to take), from Latin inter + prehendō, see prehensile.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈɛntɚˌpɹaɪz/
  • Hyphenation: en‧ter‧prise

Noun

enterprise (countable and uncountable, plural enterprises)

  1. A company, business, organization, or other purposeful endeavor.
    The government sponsored enterprises (GSEs) are a group of financial services corporations which have been created by the United States Congress.
    A micro-enterprise is defined as a business having 5 or fewer employees and a low seed capital.
  2. An undertaking, venture, or project, especially a daring and courageous one.
    Biosphere 2 was a scientific enterprise aimed at the exploration of the complex web of interactions within life systems.
  3. (uncountable) A willingness to undertake new or risky projects; energy and initiative.
    He has shown great enterprise throughout his early career.
    • 1954, Philip Larkin, Continuing to Live
      This loss of interest, hair, and enterprise — / Ah, if the game were poker, yes, / You might discard them, draw a full house! / But it’s chess.
  4. (uncountable) Active participation in projects. (Can we add an example for this sense?)

Synonyms

  • initiative

Derived terms

  • enterprising
  • commercial enterprise
  • scientific enterprise

Translations

Verb

enterprise (third-person singular simple present enterprises, present participle enterprising, simple past and past participle enterprised)

  1. (intransitive) To undertake an enterprise, or something hazardous or difficult.
    • Charles Mordaunt Earl of Peterborow [] , with only 280 horse and 950 foot , enterprised and accomplished the Conquest of Valentia
  2. (transitive) To undertake; to begin and attempt to perform; to venture upon.
    • 1670, John Dryden, The Conquest of Granada
      The business must be enterprised this night.
    • c. 1680, Thomas Otway, letter to Elizabeth Barry
      What would I not renounce or enterprise for you!
  3. (transitive) To treat with hospitality; to entertain.

References

  • enterprise at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • enterprise in Keywords for Today: A 21st Century Vocabulary, edited by The Keywords Project, Colin MacCabe, Holly Yanacek, 2018.
  • enterprise in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.

Anagrams

  • entreprise

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