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1. essay

noun. ['ɛˈseɪ, ˈɛˌseɪ'] an analytic or interpretive literary composition.

Synonyms

  • report
  • paper
  • writing
  • piece of writing
  • theme
  • thanatopsis
  • composition
  • written material
  • memoir

Antonyms

  • overact
  • underact
  • fail
  • stay in place

Etymology

  • essai (Middle French (ca. 1400-1600))

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Rhymes with Essay

  • alexei
  • divorcee
  • fiance
  • gainsay
  • gyosai
  • hearsay
  • isay
  • keisei
  • ramsay
  • taisei
  • yonsei

How do you pronounce essay?

Pronounce essay as ˈɛˌseɪ.

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How to spell essay? Is it esay? Or eassay? Common misspellings are:

  • esay
  • eassay

Sentences with essay


1. Noun, singular or mass
Write out an outline for each section before you begin writing the essay.

2. Verb, non-3rd person singular present
The third person can apply to single-paragraph essays as well as more common, longer essay formats.

Quotes about essay


1. Sometimes I lie awake at night and I ask, "Is life a multiple choice test or is it a true or false test?"...Then a voice comes to me out of the dark and says, "We hate to tell you this but life is a thousand word essay.
- Charles M. Schulz

2. Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social enviroment. Most people are incapable of forming such opinions."(Essay to Leo Baeck, 1953)
- Albert Einstein

3. Help"is a prayer that is always answered. It doesn't matter how you pray--with your head bowed in silence, or crying out in grief, or dancing. Churches are good for prayer, but so are garages and cars and mountains and showers and dance floors. Years ago I wrote an essay that began, "Some people think that God is in the details, but I have come to believe that God is in the bathroom.
- Anne Lamott, Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith

2. essay

noun. ['ɛˈseɪ, ˈɛˌseɪ'] a tentative attempt.

Synonyms

  • effort
  • attempt
  • endeavour
  • endeavor

Antonyms

  • defend
  • behave
  • discontinue
  • activity

Etymology

  • essai (Middle French (ca. 1400-1600))

3. essay

verb. ['ɛˈseɪ, ˈɛˌseɪ'] make an effort or attempt.

Synonyms

  • grope
  • give it a whirl
  • pick up the gauntlet
  • take chances
  • strive
  • act
  • assay
  • seek
  • gamble
  • attempt
  • give it a try
  • move
  • lay on the line
  • take a dare
  • chance
  • hazard
  • have a go
  • take a chance
  • endeavour
  • risk
  • endeavor
  • try
  • run a risk
  • put on the line
  • fight
  • adventure

Antonyms

  • worst
  • best
  • descend
  • linger

Etymology

  • essai (Middle French (ca. 1400-1600))

4. essay

verb. ['ɛˈseɪ, ˈɛˌseɪ'] put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to.

Synonyms

  • pass judgment
  • try
  • verify
  • examine
  • try out
  • control
  • field-test
  • evaluate
  • judge
  • test
  • float

Antonyms

  • ride
  • follow
  • fall
  • ascend

Etymology

  • essai (Middle French (ca. 1400-1600))
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