empire

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See also: Empire and empiré

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English empire, from Old French empire, empere, from Latin imperium, inperium (command, control, dominion, sovereignty, a dominion, empire), from imperare, inperare (to command, order), from in (in, on) + parare (to make ready, order).

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empire (plural empires)

  1. A political unit having an extensive territory or comprising a number of territories or nations and ruled by a single supreme authority.
  2. A political unit that controls at least one kingdom under its vassalage.
  3. A group of states or other territories that owe allegiance to a foreign power.
  4. A state ruled by an emperor.
    The Empire of Vietnam was a short-lived client state of Japan governing Vietnam between March 11 and August 23, 1945.
  5. An expansive and wealthy corporation.
    the McDonald's fast food empire

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empire (not comparable)

  1. Alternative letter-case form of Empire.

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French[edit]

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From Old French, from Latin imperium.

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empire m (plural empires)

  1. empire
  2. influence, authority

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empire

  1. first-person singular present indicative of empirer
  2. third-person singular present indicative of empirer
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of empirer
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of empirer
  5. second-person singular imperative of empirer

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Italian[edit]

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From Vulgar Latin *implīre, present active infinitive of *impliō, from Latin impleō.

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empire

  1. (transitive, obsolete) to fill, to overflow

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Middle English[edit]

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Borrowed from Old French empire, empere, from Latin imperium, inperium (command, control, dominion, sovereignty, a dominion, empire), from imperare, inperare (to command, order), from in (in, on) + parare (to make ready, order). Doublet of emperie.

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  • IPA(key): /ɛmˈpiːr(ə)/, /ɛmˈpɛːr(ə)/, /ˈɛmpiːr(ə)/, /am-/

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empire

  1. Emperorship; the office, power or title of emperor.
  2. An empire; the domain of an emperor or empress.
  3. (rare) Total power or influence, especially when wielded by gods.
    • a. 1382, John Wycliffe, “Apocalips 1:5-6”, in Wycliffe's Bible:
      (of Jheſu Criſt,) / that is a feithful witneſſe, the firſte bigetun of deed men, and prince of kingis of the erthe; which louyde vs, and waiſchide vs fro oure ſynnes in his blood / and made vs a kyngdom, and preeſtis to God and to his fader; to hym be glorie and empire in to worldis of worldis.
      (of Jesus Christ,) / who is a reliable witness, the firstborn of dead people, and prince of the earth's rulers. To him who loved us, cleansed us from our sins with his blood, / and made us a kingdom / and priests of God/his father; to him are glory and power for many ages.
  4. (rare) A region of control; a field or zone.
  5. (rare, Christianity) God's kingdom in the heavens.

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Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin imperium, inperium (command, control, dominion, sovereignty, a dominion, empire), from imperare, inperare (to command, order), from in (in, on) + parare (to make ready, order).

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  • IPA(key): /ẽmˈpi.rə/, (late) /ãmˈpi.rə/

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empire m (oblique plural empires, nominative singular empires, nominative plural empire)

  1. empire

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