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English noun: essay

1. essay (communication) an analytic or interpretive literary composition

Broader (hypernym)piece of writing, writing, written material

Narrower (hyponym)composition, disquisition, memoir, paper, report, thanatopsis, theme

2. essay (act) a tentative attempt

Broader (hypernym)attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, try

English verb: essay

1. essay (social) make an effort or attempt

SamplesHe 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.

ExamplesThey essay to move

Synonymsassay, attempt, seek, try

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)act, move

Narrower (hyponym)adventure, chance, endeavor, endeavour, fight, gamble, give it a try, give it a try, give it a whirl, grope, have a go, hazard, lay on the line, pick up the gauntlet, put on the line, risk, risk, run a risk, strive, struggle, take a chance, take a dare, take chances

2. essay (social) put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to

SamplesThis approach has been tried with good results.
Test this recipe.

Synonymsexamine, prove, test, try, try out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)evaluate, judge, pass judgment

Narrower (hyponym)control, field-test, float, verify

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