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Overview of noun essay

The noun essay has 2 senses? (first 2 from tagged texts)
1. (13) essay

(an analytic or interpretive literary composition)

2. (2) essay

(a tentative attempt)


Overview of verb essay

The verb essay has 2 senses? (first 1 from tagged texts)
1. (1) try, seek, attempt, essay, assay

(make an effort or attempt; "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")

2. test, prove, try, try out, examine, essay

(put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to; "This approach has been tried with good results"; "Test this recipe")

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