Definitions of essay:
  • noun:   a tentative attempt
  • noun:   an analytic or interpretive literary composition
  • verb:   make an effort or attempt
    Example: "The infant had essayed a few wobbly steps"
  • verb:   put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to

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