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essaynoun [C]

uk   /ˈes.eɪ/  us   /ˈes.eɪ/ UK (US paper)
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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essayverb [T]

uk   /eˈseɪ/  us   /eˈseɪ/ old-fashioned
(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 short piece of writing on a particular subject, often expressing personal views
In a school test, an essay is a written answer that includes information and discussion, usually to test how well the student understands the subject.
(Definition of essay from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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