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Dictionary definition for: Essay

1. (n) an analytic or interpretive literary composition

2. (v) 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"

3. (n) a tentative attempt

4. (v) put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to; "This approach has been tried with good results" "Test this recipe"

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