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essaynoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈes.eɪ/ UK (US paper)
B1 a ​shortpiece of writing on a ​particularsubject, ​especially one done by ​students as ​part of the ​work for a ​course: For ​homework I ​want you to write an essay onendangeredspecies. Mr Jones ​thought my ​history essay was ​terrific.
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essayverb [T]

uk   us   /eˈseɪ/ old-fashioned
to ​try to do something: The ​procedure was first essayed in 1923.
(Definition of essay from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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essaynoun [C]

 us   /ˈes·eɪ/
literature a ​shortpiece of writing on a ​particularsubject, often ​expressingpersonalviews In a ​schooltest, an essay is a written ​answer that ​includesinformation and ​discussion, usually to ​test how well the ​studentunderstands the ​subject.
(Definition of essay from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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