Webster's Dictionary, 1913
[ French enterprise
, from entreprendre
to undertake; entre
between (L. inter
) + prendre
to take. See Inter
, and Emprise
.] 1. That which is undertaken; something attempted to be performed; a work projected which involves activity, courage, energy, and the like; a bold, arduous, or hazardous attempt; an undertaking; as, a manly enterprise ; a warlike enterprise . Shak.
Their hands can not perform their enterprise . Job v. 12. 2. Willingness or eagerness to engage in labor which requires boldness, promptness, energy, and like qualities; as, a man of great enterprise .
Enterprise transitive verb 1. To undertake; to begin and attempt to perform; to venture upon.
The business must be enterprised this night. Dryden.
What would I not renounce or enterprise for you! T. Otway. 2. To treat with hospitality; to entertain.
Him at the threshold met, and well did enterprise . Spenser.
Enterprise intransitive verb To undertake an enterprise, or something hazardous or difficult. [ R.] Pope.
Enterpriser noun One who undertakes enterprises. Sir J. Hayward.
Enterprising adjective Having a disposition for enterprise; characterized by enterprise; resolute, active or prompt to attempt; as, an enterprising man or firm. -- En"ter*pri`sing*ly , adverb
Entertain transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Entertained
; present participle & verbal noun Entertaining
.] [ French entretenir
between (L. inter
) + tenir
to hold, Latin tenere
. See Tenable
.] 1. To be at the charges of; to take or keep in one's service; to maintain; to support; to harbor; to keep.
You, sir, I entertain for one of my hundred. Shak. 2. To give hospitable reception and maintenance to; to receive at one's board, or into one's house; to receive as a guest.
Be not forgetful to entertain strangers; for thereby some have entertained unawares. Hebrew xiii. 2. 3. To engage the attention of agreeably; to amuse with that which makes the time pass pleasantly; to divert; as, to entertain friends with conversation, etc.
The weary time she can not entertain . Shak. 4. To give reception to; to receive, in general; to receive and take into consideration; to admit, treat, or make use of; as, to entertain a proposal.
I am not here going to entertain so large a theme as the philosophy of Locke. De Quincey.
A rumor gained ground, -- and, however absurd, was entertained by some very sensible people. Hawthorne. 5. To meet or encounter, as an enemy.
[ Obsolete] Shak. 6. To keep, hold, or maintain in the mind with favor; to keep in the mind; to harbor; to cherish; as, to entertain sentiments. 7. To lead on; to bring along; to introduce.
To baptize all nations, and entertain them into the services institutions of the holy Jesus. Jer. Taylor. Syn.
-- To amuse; divert; maintain. See Amuse
Entertain intransitive verb To receive, or provide entertainment for, guests; as, he entertains generously.
Entertain noun [ Confer French entretien , from entretenir .] Entertainment. [ Obsolete] Spenser.
Entertainer noun One who entertains.
Entertaining adjective Affording entertainment; pleasing; amusing; diverting. -- En`ter*tain"ing*ly , adverb -- En`ter*tain"ing*ness , noun
[ Confer Old French entretenement
.] 1. The act of receiving as host, or of amusing, admitting, or cherishing; hospitable reception; also, reception or treatment, in general.
The entertainment of Christ by faith. Baxter.
The sincere entertainment and practice of the precepts of the gospel. Bp. Sprat. 2. That which entertains, or with which one is entertained; as: (a) Hospitality; hospitable provision for the wants of a guest; especially, provision for the table; a hospitable repast; a feast; a formal or elegant meal. (b) That which engages the attention agreeably, amuses or diverts, whether in private, as by conversation, etc., or in public, by performances of some kind; amusement.
Theatrical entertainments conducted with greater elegance and refinement. Prescott. 3. Admission into service; service.
Some band of strangers in the adversary's entertainment . Shak. 4. Payment of soldiers or servants; wages.
The entertainment of the general upon his first arrival was but six shillings and eight pence. Sir J. Davies. Syn.
-- Amusement; diversion; recreation; pastime; sport; feast; banquet; repast; carousal.
Entertake transitive verb To entertain. [ Obsolete]
Entheal, Enthean adjective [ Greek ... full of the god, inspired; ... in + ... god.] Divinely inspired; wrought up to enthusiasm. [ Obsolete]
Entheasm noun Inspiration; enthusiasm. [ R.] "Religious entheasm ." Byron.
[ Greek ... inspired, from ..., from .... See Entheal
.] Of godlike energy; inspired.
-- En`the*as"tic*al*ly adverb
Entheat adjective [ Confer Latin entheatus , from Greek ....] Divinely inspired. [ Obsolete] Drummond.
Enthelmintha, Enthelminthes noun plural
[ New Latin , from Greek ... within + ..., ..., worm.] (Zoology) Intestinal worms. See Helminthes .
Enthetic (ĕn*thĕt"ĭk) adjective [ Greek 'enqetiko`s fit for inserting; 'en in + tiqe`nai to place.] (Medicine) Caused by a morbific virus implanted in the system; as, an enthetic disease like syphilis.
Enthrall transitive verb
[ Prefix en-
. Confer Inthrall
.] [ Written also enthral
.] To hold in thrall; to enslave. See Inthrall .
The bars survive the captive they enthrall . Byron.
Enthrallment noun The act of enthralling, or state of being enthralled. See Inthrallment .
Enthrill transitive verb [ Prefix en- + thrill .] To pierce; to thrill. [ Obsolete] Sackville.
Enthrone transitive verb
[ Prefix en-
: confer Old French enthroner
. Confer Inthronize
.] 1. To seat on a throne; to exalt to the seat of royalty or of high authority; hence, to invest with sovereign authority or dignity.
Beneath a sculptured arch he sits enthroned . Pope.
It [ mercy] is enthroned in the hearts of kings. Shak. 2. (Eccl.) To induct, as a bishop, into the powers and privileges of a vacant see.
Enthronement noun The act of enthroning, or state of being enthroned. [ Recent]
Enthronization noun The act of enthroning; hence, the admission of a bishop to his stall or throne in his cathedral.
Enthronize transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Enthronized
; present participle & verbal noun Enthronizing
.] [ See Inthronize
.] To place on a throne; hence, to induct into office, as a bishop.
There openly enthronized as the very elected king. Knolles.
Enthuse transitive verb & i. To make or become enthusiastic. [ Slang]
[ Greek ... , from ... to be inspired or possessed by the god, from ..., ..., inspired: confer enthousiasme
. See Entheal
.] 1. Inspiration as if by a divine or superhuman power; ecstasy; hence, a conceit of divine possession and revelation, or of being directly subject to some divine impulse.
Enthusiasm is founded neither on reason nor divine revelation, but rises from the conceits of a warmed or overweening imagination. Locke. 2. A state of impassioned emotion; transport; elevation of fancy; exaltation of soul; as, the poetry of enthusiasm .
Resolutions adopted in enthusiasm are often repented of when excitement has been succeeded by the wearing duties of hard everyday routine. Froude.
Exhibiting the seeming contradiction of susceptibility to enthusiasm and calculating shrewdness. Bancroft. 3. Enkindled and kindling fervor of soul; strong excitement of feeling on behalf of a cause or a subject; ardent and imaginative zeal or interest; as, he engaged in his profession with enthusiasm .
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm . Emerson. 4. Lively manifestation of joy or zeal.
Philip was greeted with a tumultuous enthusiasm . Prescott.
[ Greek ...: confer French enthousiaste
.] One moved or actuated by enthusiasm; as: (a) One who imagines himself divinely inspired, or possessed of some special revelation; a religious madman; a fanatic. (b) One whose mind is wholly possessed and heated by what engages it; one who is influenced by a peculiar; fervor of mind; an ardent and imaginative person.
Enthusiasts soon understand each other. W. Irving. Syn.
-- Visionary; fanatic; devotee; zealot.
Enthusiastic noun An enthusiast; a zealot. [ Obsolete]
Enthusiastic, Enthusiastical adjective
[ Greek ... .] Filled with enthusiasm; characterized by enthusiasm; zealous; as, an enthusiastic lover of art.
A young man . . . of a visionary and enthusiastic character. W. Irving.
Enthymematic, Enthymematical adjective [ Greek ....] Pertaining to, or of the form of, an enthymeme.
Enthymeme noun [ Greek ..., from ... to keep in mind, consider; ... in + ... mind, soul.] (Logic) An argument consisting of only two propositions, an antecedent and consequent deduced from it; a syllogism with one premise omitted; as, We are dependent; therefore we should be humble. Here the major proposition is suppressed. The complete syllogism would be, Dependent creatures should be humble; we are dependent creatures; therefore we should be humble.
Entice transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Enticed
; present participle & verbal noun Enticing
.] [ Middle English entisen
, Old French enticier
; prefix en-
) + a word of uncertain origin, confer Old French atisier
to stir a fire, provoke, Latin titio
firebrand, or Middle High German zicken
to push.] To draw on, by exciting hope or desire; to allure; to attract; as, the bait enticed the fishes. Often in a bad sense: To lead astray; to induce to evil; to tempt; as, the sirens enticed them to listen.
Roses blushing as they blow, Beau. & Fl.
And enticing men to pull.
My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. Prointransitive verb 10.
Go, and thine erring brother gain, Keble. Syn.
Entice him home to be forgiven.
-- To allure; lure; coax; decoy; seduce; tempt; inveigle; incite; persuade; prevail on. See Allure
Enticeable adjective Capable of being enticed.
Enticement noun [ Old French enticement .]
1. The act or practice of alluring or tempting; as, the enticements of evil companions. 2. That which entices, or incites to evil; means of allurement; alluring object; as, an enticement to sin. Syn. -- Allurement; attraction; temptation; seduction; inveiglement; persuasion; inducement.
Enticer noun One who entices; one who incites or allures to evil. Burton.
Enticing adjective That entices; alluring.
Enticingly adverb In an enticing manner; charmingly. "She . . . sings most enticingly ." Addison.
Entierty noun See Entirety .
[ French entier
, Latin integer
untouched, undiminished, entire; prefix in-
, negative + the root of tangere
to touch. See Tangent
, and confer Integer
.] 1. Complete in all parts; undivided; undiminished; whole; full and perfect; not deficient; as, the entire control of a business; entire confidence, ignorance.
That ye may be perfect and entire , wanting nothing. James i. 4.
With strength entire and free will armed. Milton.
One entire and perfect chrysolite. Shak. 2. Without mixture or alloy of anything; unqualified; morally whole; pure; faithful.
Pure fear and entire cowardice. Shak.
No man had ever a heart more entire to the king. Clarendon. 3. (Botany) (a) Consisting of a single piece, as a corolla. (b) Having an evenly continuous edge, as a leaf which has no kind of teeth. 4. Not gelded; -- said of a horse. 5. Internal; interior.
[ Obsolete] Spenser. Syn.
-- See Whole
, and Radical
1. Entirely. "Too long to print in entire ." Thackeray. 2. (Brewing) A name originally given to a kind of beer combining qualities of different kinds of beer. [ Eng.] "Foker's Entire ." Thackeray.
Entire-wheat adjective Designating, made of, or relating to, flour including a considerable part of the bran.
Entirely adverb 1. In an entire manner; wholly; completely; fully; as, the trace is entirely lost.
Euphrates falls not entirely into the Persian Sea. Raleigh. 2. Without alloy or mixture; truly; sincerely.
To highest God entirely pray. Spenser.
Entireness noun 1. The state or condition of being entire; completeness; fullness; totality; as, the entireness of an arch or a bridge.
This same entireness or completeness. Trench. 2. Integrity; wholeness of heart; honesty.
Entireness in preaching the gospel. Udall. 3. Oneness; unity; -- applied to a condition of intimacy or close association.
True Christian love may be separated from acquaintance, and acquaintance from entireness . Bp. Hall.
; plural Entireness
. [ Old French entiereté
. Confer Integrity
.] 1. The state of being entire; completeness; as, entirely of interest. Blackstone. 2. That which is entire; the whole. Bacon.
[ See Entity
.] Considered as pure entity; abstracted from all circumstances. Ellis.
Entitle transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Entitled
; present participle & verbal noun Entitling
.] [ Old French entituler
, French intituler
, Late Latin intitulare
, from Latin in + titulus
title. See Title
, and confer Intitule
.] 1. To give a title to; to affix to as a name or appellation; hence, also, to dignify by an honorary designation; to denominate; to call; as, to entitle a book "Commentaries;" to entitle a man "Honorable."
That which . . . we entitle patience. Shak. 2. To give a claim to; to qualify for, with a direct object of the person, and a remote object of the thing; to furnish with grounds for seeking or claiming with success; as, an officer's talents entitle him to command. 3. To attribute; to ascribe.
The ancient proverb . . . entitles this work . . . peculiarly to God himself. Milton. Syn.
-- To name; designate; style; characterize; empower; qualify; enable; fit.
Entitule transitive verb
[ See Entitle
.] To entitle. B. Jonson.
; plural Entities
. [ Late Latin entitas
, from Latin ens
, thing, prop. present participle of esse
to be: confer French entité
. See Essence
.] A real being, whether in thought (as an ideal conception) or in fact; being; essence; existence.
Self-subsisting entities , such as our own personality. Shairp.
Fortune is no real entity , . . . but a mere relative signification. Bentley.
[ Greek ... within, from ... in. See In
.] A combining form signifying within ; as, ento blast.