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emprise

[em-prahyz] /ɛmˈpraɪz/
noun
1.
an adventurous enterprise.
2.
knightly daring or prowess.
Also, emprize.
Origin
1250-1300
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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British Dictionary definitions for emprize

emprise

/ɛmˈpraɪz/
noun (archaic)
1.
a chivalrous or daring enterprise; adventure
2.
chivalrous daring or prowess
Word Origin
C13: from Old French, from emprendre to undertake; see enterprise
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Word Origin and History for emprize

emprise

n.

c.1300, "chivalrous endeavor," from Old French emprise (12c.) "enterprise, venture, adventure, undertaking," from Vulgar Latin *imprensa (source of Provençal empreza, Spanish empresa, Italian impresa), from *imprendere "to undertake," 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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