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noun [C] uk   /ˈes.eɪ/ UK ( US paper) us  
B1 a short piece of writing on a particular subject, especially one done by students as part of the work for a course: For homework I want you to write an essay on endangered species. Mr Jones thought my history essay was terrific.
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verb [T] uk   /eˈseɪ/ old-fashioned us  
to try to do something: The procedure was first essayed in 1923.
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