Definition of


  1. (noun, act) a tentative attempt
  2. (noun, communication) an analytic or interpretive literary composition
  3. (verb, social) make an effort or attempt
    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. (verb, social) put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to
    Test this recipe

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Synonyms of Essay

assay, attempt, examine, prove, seek, test, try, try out

Origin of the word Essay

  1. 1590s, "short non-fiction literary composition" (first attested in writings of Francis Bacon, probably in imitation of Montaigne), from M.Fr. essai "trial, attempt, essay," from L.L. exagium "a weighing, weight," from L. exigere "test," from ex- "out" + agere apparently meaning here "to weigh." The suggestion is of unpolished writing. The more… more

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Words that sound like Essay

e.g., each, each week, eas, ease, easy, ec, ecc, eccyesis, ecesis, ecg, echo, echoic, eck, ecosoc, eec, eeg, egg, eggs, eggshake, eggwhisk, egis, ego, eisegesis, ekg, eos, eq, equus, equus quagga, es, esaki, esau, eschew, ese, esox, esq, essex, ex, excess, excise, excuse

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