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  1. (obsolete) A test, experiment; an assay.
  2. (archaic) An attempt.
  3. A written composition of moderate length exploring a particular issue or subject.
  • Dutch: essay , opstel
  • German: Aufsatz , Essay
  • French: essai , mémoire , dissertation , rédaction
  • Italian: saggio
  • Spanish: ensayo
verb ()
  1. (transitive) To try.
  2. (intransitive) To move forth, as into battle.
    Etymology: From essai.

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