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 essay essay

noun

  • () an analytic or interpretive literary composition  ( essay )
    an analytic or interpretive literary composition
  • () a tentative attempt  ( essay )
    a tentative attempt
  • verb

  • () make an effort or attempt  ( assay, essay, seek, attempt, try )
    make an effort or attempt
     He tried to shake off his fears
    He tried to shake off his fears
     The infant had essayed a few wobbly steps
    The infant had essayed a few wobbly steps
     The police attempted to stop the thief
    The police attempted to stop the thief
     He sought to improve himself
    He sought to improve himself
     She always seeks to do good in the world
    She always seeks to do good in the world
  • put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to  ( essay, prove, examine, try out, try, test )
    put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to
     This approach has been tried with good results
    This approach has been tried with good results
     Test this recipe
    Test this recipe


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