Definition of essay in English:
Pronunciation: /ˈesā /
1A short piece of writing on a particular subject.
- Apart from the novels, Sundara Ramaswamy has written several short stories and essays on literary criticism.
- That might be the inevitable price of writing short essays.
- He began writing plays, essays, short stories and then film scripts declaring that he planned to devote his life to art as a force for social change.
2.1A trial design of a postage stamp yet to be accepted.
- He had a beautiful collection of essays and proofs, obtained largely from the designers and engravers with whom he was intimately acquainted.
- The Prince Consort essay shown here can be regarded as the forerunner of later Victorian stamps.
Pronunciation: /eˈsā /[with object] formal Back to top
Attempt or try: essay a smile
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- The newsreader forced a glassy smile and essayed a limp defence.
- The Socialist Party alone seems to be essaying a relatively sophisticated campaign, and taking the trouble to tell voters who its candidates are.
- For any sportsperson, the point of contact in essaying a stroke is the moment of joy.
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