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Em­pre­sa, Pren­der and Im­pre­sario

Em­pre­sa (Span­ish for “busi­ness”) is from the Latin im­pren­dere, which it­self comes from the Latin im- (“on”) plus pre­hen­dere (“to grasp”).

From the same Latin root, we get the Eng­lish (via Ital­ian), im­pre­sario.

An im­pre­sario, af­ter all, is just a flashy busi­ness­man! True Ital­ian style.

From the orig­i­nal Latin pre­hen­dere, we al­so get the Span­ish pren­der, “to at­tach, fas­ten” — al­most the same as grasp­ing!

We can see the ‑m-p‑r root in both words.


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