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ESSAY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does essay mean? 

ESSAY (noun)
  The noun ESSAY has 2 senses:

1. an analytic or interpretive literary composition
2. a tentative attempt

  Familiarity information: ESSAY used as a noun is rare.


ESSAY (verb)
  The verb ESSAY has 2 senses:

1. make an effort or attempt
2. put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to

  Familiarity information: ESSAY used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


ESSAY (noun)


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Meaning:

An analytic or interpretive literary composition

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("essay" is a kind of...):

piece of writing; writing; written material (the work of a writer; anything expressed in letters of the alphabet (especially when considered from the point of view of style and effect))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "essay"):

composition; paper; report; theme (an essay (especially one written as an assignment))

disquisition (an elaborate analytical or explanatory essay or discussion)

memoir (an essay on a scientific or scholarly topic)

thanatopsis (an essay expressing a view on the subject of death)


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Meaning:

A tentative attempt

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("essay" is a kind of...):

attempt; effort; endeavor; endeavour; try (earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something)


ESSAY (verb)


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Meaning:

Make an effort or attempt

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

try; essay; attempt; assay; seek

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "essay" is one way to...):

act; move (perform an action, or work out or perform (an action))

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "essay"):

lay on the line; put on the line; risk (expose to a chance of loss or damage)

adventure; chance; gamble; hazard; risk; run a risk; take a chance; take chances (take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome)

give it a try; give it a whirl (try)

endeavor; endeavour; strive (attempt by employing effort)

grope (search blindly or uncertainly)

give it a try; have a go (make an attempt at something)

fight; struggle (make a strenuous or labored effort)

pick up the gauntlet; take a dare (be dared to do something and attempt it)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE

Sentence example:

They essay to move


Sense 2essay [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

test; try out; essay; try; examine; prove

Context examples:

This approach has been tried with good results / Test this recipe

Hypernyms (to "essay" is one way to...):

evaluate; judge; pass judgment (form a critical opinion of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "essay"):

control; verify (verify or regulate by conducting a parallel experiment or comparing with another standard, of scientific experiments)

float (circulate or discuss tentatively; test the waters with)

field-test (test something under the conditions under which it will actually be used)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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