from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A chivalrous or adventurous undertaking.
- n. Chivalrous daring or prowess.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An enterprise or endeavor, especially a quest or adventure.
- n. The qualities which prompt one to undertake difficult and dangerous exploits; chivalric prowess.
- v. To undertake.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An enterprise; endeavor; adventure.
- n. The qualifies which prompt one to undertake difficult and dangerous exploits.
- transitive v. To undertake.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An undertaking; an enterprise; an adventure; also, adventurousness. Also emprize.
- To undertake.
Middle English, from Old French, from feminine past participle of emprendre, to undertake, from Vulgar Latin *imprēndere : Latin in-, in; see en-1 + Latin prehendere, prēndere, to take, grasp; see ghend- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French emprise, emprinse, from Late Latin *imprensa, from Latin in- + prehendere ("to take"). (Wiktionary)