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essay

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of essay

  1. 1 a short piece of writing typically expressing a point of view school essays on what it means to be a patriot Synonyms of essay article, composition, paper, theme Words Related to essay causerie; column, commentary, editorial, feature, report, review, write-up; dissertation, thesis; tract, treatise; discourse, discussion, exposition, prolegomenon, study

  2. 2 an effort to do or accomplish something my first essay at baking a cake did not go well Synonyms of essay assay [archaic], bash [chiefly British], bid, crack, endeavor, attempt, fling, go, offer, pass, shot, stab, trial, try, whack, whirlWords Related to essay striving, struggle, throes, undertaking; trial and error

  3. 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 Synonyms of essay experiment, experimentation, test, trialWords Related to essay trial and error; dry run, shakedown; exercise, practice (also practise), rehearsal, tryout, workout; crucible, ordeal; attempt, effort, try


essay

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of essay

  1. to make an effort to do he had been in gymnastics for some time before he even considered essaying that move Synonyms of essay assay, endeavor, attempt, seek, strive, tryWords Related to essay fight, strain, struggle, toil, trouble, work; aim, aspire, hope; assume, take up, undertakeNear Antonyms of essay drop, give up, quit

Synonym Discussion of essay

attempt, try, endeavor, essay, strive mean to make an effort to accomplish an end. attempt stresses the initiation or beginning of an effort.
    • will attempt to photograph the rare bird
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
endeavor heightens the implications of exertion and difficulty.
    • endeavored to find crash survivors in the mountains
essay implies difficulty but also suggests tentative trying or experimenting.
    • will essay a dramatic role for the first time
strive implies great exertion against great difficulty and specifically suggests persistent effort.
    • continues to strive for peace


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