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NOUN (2)

1. an analytic or interpretive literary composition;

2. a tentative attempt;


VERB (2)

1. make an effort or attempt;
- Example: "He tried to shake off his fears"
- Example: "The infant had essayed a few wobbly steps"
- Example: "The police attempted to stop the thief"
- Example: "He sought to improve himself"
- Example: "She always seeks to do good in the world"
[syn: try, seek, attempt, essay, assay]

2. put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to;
- Example: "This approach has been tried with good results"
- Example: "Test this recipe"
[syn: test, prove, try, try out, examine, essay]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Essay \Es*say"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Essayed; p. pr. & vb. n. Essaying.] [F. essayer. See Essay, n.] 1. To exert one's power or faculties upon; to make an effort to perform; to attempt; to endeavor; to make experiment or trial of; to try. [1913 Webster] What marvel if I thus essay to sing? --Byron. [1913 Webster] Essaying nothing she can not perform. --Emerson. [1913 Webster] A danger lest the young enthusiast . . . should essay the impossible. --J. C. Shairp. [1913 Webster] 2. To test the value and purity of (metals); to assay. See Assay. [Obs.] --Locke. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Essay \Es"say\, n.; pl. Essays. [F. essai, fr. L. exagium a weighing, weight, balance; ex out + agere to drive, do; cf. examen, exagmen, a means of weighing, a weighing, the tongue of a balance, exigere to drive out, examine, weigh, Gr. 'exa`gion a weight, 'exagia`zein to examine, 'exa`gein to drive out, export. See Agent, and cf. Exact, Examine, Assay.] 1. An effort made, or exertion of body or mind, for the performance of anything; a trial; attempt; as, to make an essay to benefit a friend. "The essay at organization." --M. Arnold. [1913 Webster] 2. (Lit.) A composition treating of any particular subject; -- usually shorter and less methodical than a formal, finished treatise; as, an essay on the life and writings of Homer; an essay on fossils, or on commerce. [1913 Webster] 3. An assay. See Assay, n. [Obs.] Syn: Attempt; trial; endeavor; effort; tract; treatise; dissertation; disquisition. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

essay n 1: an analytic or interpretive literary composition 2: a tentative attempt v 1: make an effort or attempt; "He tried to shake off his fears"; "The infant had essayed a few wobbly steps"; "The police attempted to stop the thief"; "He sought to improve himself"; "She always seeks to do good in the world" [syn: try, seek, attempt, essay, assay] 2: put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to; "This approach has been tried with good results"; "Test this recipe" [syn: test, prove, try, try out, examine, essay]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

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