emprize

emprise

[em-prahyz]
noun
1.
an adventurous enterprise.
2.
knightly daring or prowess.
Also, emprize.


Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French, noun use of feminine of empris (past participle of emprendre to undertake), equivalent to em- em-1 + pris taken (see prize1)

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emprise (ɛmˈpraɪz)
 
n
1.  a chivalrous or daring enterprise; adventure
2.  chivalrous daring or prowess
 
[C13: from Old French, from emprendre to undertake; see enterprise]

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emprise
c.1300, chivalrous endeavor, from O.Fr. emprise (12c.) enterprise, venture, adventure, undertaking, from V.L. *imprensa (cf. Prov. empreza, Sp. empresa, It. impresa), from *imprendere, from in- + prehendere to take (see prehensile). Archaic in English; in French now with
a literal sense a hold, a grip.
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