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Noun essay has 2 senses
  1. essay - an analytic or interpretive literary composition
    --1 is a kind of
    writing, written material, piece of writing
    --1 has particulars:
     composition, paper, report, theme; disquisition; memoir
  2. essay - a tentative attempt
    --2 is a kind of
    attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, try
    Derived form: verb essay1
Verb essay has 2 senses
  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"
    --1 is one way to act, move
    Derived forms: noun essay2, noun essayer1
    Sample sentence:
    They essay to move
  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"
    --2 is one way to judge
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
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