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Meaning & Definition of Essay in English

English

Essay

/ɛse/

noun

1. An analytic or interpretive literary composition

    synonym:
  • essay

2. A tentative attempt

    synonym:
  • essay

verb

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"
    synonym:
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • test
  • ,
  • prove
  • ,
  • try
  • ,
  • try out
  • ,
  • examine
  • ,
  • essay

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You were supposed to write a 100-word essay by today.
I got an A on my essay.
Write the essay and don't get distracted.