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  Definition of essay
  1. a tentative attempt
  2. an analytic or interpretive literary composition
  3. 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"
  4. put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to; "This approach has been tried with good results"; "Test this recipe"
Similar Words: try, seek, attempt, assay, test, prove, try out, examine

 

See Also: test, prove, try, try out, examine

 

Hyponyms: composition, paper, report, theme, disquisition, memoir, take a dare, pick up the gauntlet, fight, struggle, have a go, give it a try, grope, endeavor, endeavour, strive, give it a whirl, gamble, chance, risk, hazard, take chances, adventure, run a risk, take a chance, put on the line, lay on the line, control, verify, float, field-test

 

Derivational Morphology: try, seek, attempt, assay, trier, attempter, essayer, effort, endeavor, endeavour, examination, exam, test, examen, testing, examiner, tester, quizzer, trial, trial run, tryout

 

Language Translations:
Chinese: 杂文   Dutch: essay  
Finnish: essee   French: essai  
German: Aufsatz   Greek: δοκίμιο  
Italian: saggio   Japanese: エッセイ  
Korean: 수필   Polish: esej  
Portuguese: ensaio   Russian: эссе  
Slovene: esej   Spanish: ensayo  
Swedish: essä  
 
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