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English noun: assay

1. assay (cognition) an appraisal of the state of affairs

SamplesThey made an assay of the contents.
A check on its dependability under stress.


Broader (hypernym)appraisal, assessment

Narrower (hyponym)Apgar score, countercheck, double check, paternity test, stress test

2. assay (substance) a substance that is undergoing an analysis of its components

Broader (hypernym)substance

3. assay (communication) a written report of the results of an analysis of the composition of some substance

Broader (hypernym)report, study, written report

4. assay (act) a quantitative or qualitative test of a substance (especially an ore or a drug) to determine its components; frequently used to test for the presence or concentration of infectious agents or antibodies etc.

Broader (hypernym)run, test, trial

Narrower (hyponym)bio-assay, bioassay, diagnostic assay, diagnostic test, ELISA, enzyme-linked-immunosorbent serologic assay, immunohistochemistry

English verb: assay

1. assay (cognition) analyze (chemical substances)

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)analyse, analyze, canvas, canvass, examine, study

Narrower (hyponym)bioassay

2. assay (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 assay to move

Synonymsattempt, essay, 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

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