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English definition of “essay”

essay

verb [T]     /eˈseɪ/ old-fashioned
to try to do something: The procedure was first essayed in 1923.Trying and making an effortEffort and expending energy
(Definition of essay verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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