Definition and Meanings for essay
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Part of Speech of essay
noun, transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun
Etymology of essay
Meaning of essay
- an effort made, or exertion of body or mind, for the performance of anything; a trial; attempt; as, to make an essay to benefit a friend.
- a composition treating of any particular subject; -- usually shorter and less methodical than a formal, finished treatise; as, an essay on the life and writings of homer; an essay on fossils, or on commerce.
- an assay. see assay, n.
as transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, noun
- to exert one's power or faculties upon; to make an effort to perform; to attempt; to endeavor; to make experiment or trial of; to try.
- to test the value and purity of (metals); to assay. see assay.