essay

Topics: Verb, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Writing Pages: 4 (608 words) Published: October 5, 2014
noun
ˈesā/
1.
a short piece of writing on a particular subject.
synonyms:article, composition, study, paper, dissertation, thesis, discourse, treatise, disquisition, monograph; More 2.
formal
an attempt or effort.
"a misjudged essay"
synonyms:attempt, effort, endeavor, try, venture, trial, experiment, undertaking "his first essay in telecommunications"
a trial design of a postage stamp yet to be accepted.
verbformal
verb: essay; 3rd person present: essays; past tense: essayed; past participle: essayed; gerund or present participle: essaying eˈsā/
1.
attempt or try.
"essay a smile"
Origin

late 15th century (as a verb in the sense ‘test the quality of’): alteration of assay, by association with Old French essayer, based on late Latin exagium ‘weighing,’ from the base of exigere ‘ascertain, weigh’; the noun (late 16th century) is from Old French essai ‘trial.’ Translate essay to

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essay definition. A short piece of writing on one subject, usually presenting the author's own views. Michel de Montaigne, Francis Bacon, and Ralph Waldo Emerson are celebrated for their essays. Essay - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster ... www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/essay

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a : effort, attempt; especially : an initial tentative effort. b : the result or product of an attempt. 3 a : an analytic or interpretative literary composition usually dealing with its subject from a limited or personal point of view. b : something resembling such a composition essay - definition of essay by The Free Dictionary

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a. A short literary composition on a single subject, usually presenting the personal view of the author. b. Something resembling such a composition: a ... ‎Essayed - ‎Essayist - ‎Essay question - ‎Essay editing Essay - Wikipedia, the...
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