English dictionary

essay meaning and definition

ESSAY noun

Definition of essay (noun)

  1. an analytic or interpretive literary composition
  2. a tentative attempt

ESSAY verb

Definition of essay (verb)

  1. make an effort or attempt
    • "He tried to shake off his fears"; "The infant had essayed a few wobbly steps"; "The police attempted to stop the thief"; "He sought to improve himself"; "She always seeks to do good in the world"
    • synonyms: assay, attempt, seek, try
  2. put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to
Source: Princeton University Wordnet