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|
|Samples||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.
|Examples||They essay to move|
|Synonyms||assay, attempt, seek, try|
|Pattern of use||Somebody ----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|
|Samples||This approach has been tried with good results.|
Test this recipe.
|Synonyms||examine, prove, test, try, try out|
|Pattern of use||Somebody ----s something|
|Broader (hypernym)||evaluate, judge, pass judgment|
|Narrower (hyponym)||control, field-test, float, verify|