emprise

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French emprise, emprinse, from Late Latin *imprensa, from Latin in- + prehendere (to take).

Noun[edit]

emprise (plural emprises)

  1. (archaic) An enterprise or endeavor, especially a quest or adventure.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, I.ix:
      noble minds of yore allyed were, / In braue poursuit of cheualrous emprize, / That none did others safety despize []
    • Longfellow
      the deeds of love and high emprise
  2. (archaic) The qualities which prompt one to undertake difficult and dangerous exploits; chivalric prowess.
    • Milton
      I love thy courage yet, and bold emprise; / But here thy sword can do thee little stead.

Verb[edit]

emprise (third-person singular simple present emprises, present participle emprising, simple past and past participle emprised)

  1. (obsolete) To undertake.

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emprise f (plural emprises)

  1. expropriation
  2. domination, control, influence

Old French[edit]

Noun[edit]

emprise f (oblique plural emprises, nominative singular emprise, nominative plural emprises)

  1. enterprise; undertaking; activity

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