Harpercollins and Tentative Attempt Essay

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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 photojournalistic essay.
2. A testing or trial of the value or nature of a thing: an essay of the students' capabilities.
3. An initial attempt or endeavor, especially a tentative attempt. tr.v. (-s, s) es·sayed, es·say·ing, es·says
1. To make an attempt at; try.
2. To subject to a test.

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[French essai, trial, attempt, from Old French, from essayer, to attempt, from Vulgar Latin *exagire, to weigh out, from Late Latin exagium, a weighing : Latin ex-, ex- + Latin agere, to drive; see ag- in Indo-European roots. V., from Middle English assaien, from Old French assaer, assaier, variant of essayer.]

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es·sayer n.
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-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- essay n [ˈɛseɪ (for senses 2,3 also) ɛˈseɪ]
1. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a short literary composition dealing with a subject analytically or speculatively
2. an attempt or endeavour; effort
3. a test or trial vb [ɛˈseɪ] (tr)
1. to attempt or endeavour; try
2. to test or try out
[from Old French essaier to attempt, from essai an attempt, from Late Latin exagium a weighing, from Latin agere to do, compel, influenced by exigere to investigate]
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-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- es•say (n. ˈɛs eɪ or, for 3,5, ɛˈseɪ; v. ɛˈseɪ)

n.
1. a short literary composition on a particular theme or subject, usu. in prose and generally analytic, speculative, or interpretative.
2. anything resembling such a composition: a picture essay.
3. an effort to perform or accomplish something; attempt.
v.t.
4. to try; attempt.
5. to put to the test; make trial of.
[1475–85; < Middle French essayer, c. Anglo-French assayer to assay< Vulgar Latin *exagiāre, v. derivative of Late Latin exagium a weighing =*exag(ere), for Latin exigere to examine, test] es•say′er, n.
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