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essay

noun

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1 a short piece of writing typically expressing a point of view
  • school essays on what it means to be a patriot

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2 an effort to do or accomplish something
  • my first essay at baking a cake did not go well

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3 a procedure or operation carried out to resolve an uncertainty
  • a little homemade essay to determine the easiest way to strip the paint from the bookcase

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essay

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of essay (Entry 2 of 2)

to make an effort to do
  • he had been in gymnastics for some time before he even considered essaying that move

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How does the verb essay differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of essay are attempt, endeavor, strive, and try. While all these words mean "to make an effort to accomplish an end," essay implies difficulty but also suggests tentative trying or experimenting.

will essay a dramatic role for the first time

When might attempt be a better fit than essay?

While the synonyms attempt and essay are close in meaning, attempt stresses the initiation or beginning of an effort.

will attempt to photograph the rare bird

Where would endeavor be a reasonable alternative to essay?

Although the words endeavor and essay have much in common, endeavor heightens the implications of exertion and difficulty.

endeavored to find crash survivors in the mountains

When is strive a more appropriate choice than essay?

While in some cases nearly identical to essay, strive implies great exertion against great difficulty and specifically suggests persistent effort.

continues to strive for peace

How do try and attempt relate to one another, in the sense of essay?

Try is often close to attempt but may stress effort or experiment made in the hope of testing or proving something.

tried to determine which was the better procedure

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The first known use of essay was in the 14th century

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“Essay.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/essay. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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