Definition of essay in English:
Pronunciation: /ˈɛseɪ /
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 formal An attempt or effort: a misjudged essay in job preservation
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: /ɛˈseɪ /[with object] formal Back to top
Attempt or try: Donald essayed a smile
More example sentences
- 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.
attempt, make an attempt at, try, strive, aim, venture, endeavour, seek, set out, do one's best, do all one can, do one's utmost, make an effort, make every effort, spare no effort, give one's all, take it on oneself;
informal give it a whirl, give it one's best shot, go all out, pull out all the stops, bend over backwards, knock oneself out, bust a gut, break one's neck, move heaven and earth, have a crack at, have a shot at, have a stab at
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