Etymology: < Old French emprise, emprinse, Common Romanic = Provençal empreza, Spanish empresa, Italian impresa < late Latin *imprensa, < participial stem of *imprendĕre (in Old French emprendre) to take in hand, < in- in + prehendĕre to take.arch.
1.a. An undertaking, enterprise; esp. one of an adventurous or chivalrous nature.
b. A purpose, intent. Obs.
2.a. abstr. Chivalric enterprise, martial prowess.
b. Difficulty, greatness of undertaking. Obs.
c. Pre-occupation, absorption of thought. Obs.
3.a. Renown, glory, distinction. Obs.
b. Value, estimation. Obs. [? Influenced by price n.]
4. ? Spoil, prey. Obs. (OED)
"So when Galton designed an equally elegant experiment to hunt for gemmules in rabbits, Darwin heartily encouraged the emprise."
- Sam Kean, The Violinist's Thumb and Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by our Genetic Code