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enter-, 更里面，中间。-prise, 拿，承担，缩写自prehend, 词源同apprise, comprehend. 后用来指企业，特别是具有冒险精神的，能承担风险和具有挑战精神的企业。
- enterprise:  Enterprise is the Romancelanguage equivalent of the native English formation undertaking. It comes from the past participle of Old French entreprendre, a compound verb formed from entre ‘between’ and prendre ‘take’ (a word with many relatives in English, from comprehend to surprise). The original Old French version of the word was emprise (from Vulgar Latin *imprendere ‘undertake’, in which the prefix was in- rather than inter-), and English actually borrowed this in the 13th century; it survived as an archaism into the 19th century.
The underlying meaning of both versions is probably ‘taking something in or between one’s hands’ so as to do something about it.
=> apprehend, comprehend, comprise, surprise
- enterprise (n.)
- early 15c., "an undertaking," formerly also enterprize, from Old French enterprise "an undertaking," noun use of fem. past participle of entreprendre "undertake, take in hand" (12c.), from entre- "between" (see entre-) + prendre "to take," contraction of prehendere (see prehensile). Abstract sense of "adventurous disposition, readiness to undertake challenges, spirit of daring" is from late 15c.
- 1. He favoured a middle course between free enterprise and state intervention.
- 2. History may judge the enterprise to have been rather backward-looking.
- 3. It seemed a singularly ill-judged enterprise for Truman to undertake.
- 4. He is still involved in voluntary work promoting local enterprise.
- 5. Within a free enterprise capitalist society, resources are very unevenly distributed.
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