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Definition 1: a tentative attempt - [noun denoting act]

(essay is a kind of ...) earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something

"made an effort to cover all the reading material" "wished him luck in his endeavor" "she gave it a good try"

Definition 2: an analytic or interpretive literary composition - [noun denoting communication]

(essay is a kind of ...) the work of a writer; anything expressed in letters of the alphabet (especially when considered from the point of view of style and effect)

"the writing in her novels is excellent" "that editorial was a fine piece of writing"

(... is a kind of essay ) an essay (especially one written as an assignment)

"he got an A on his composition"

(... is a kind of essay ) an elaborate analytical or explanatory essay or discussion

(... is a kind of essay ) an essay on a scientific or scholarly topic

(... is a kind of essay ) an essay expressing a view on the subject of death

Samples where essay or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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 for essay in the sense of this definition

(essay is a kind of ...) perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

"think before you act" "We must move quickly" "The governor should act on the new energy bill" "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"

(... is a kind of essay ) be dared to do something and attempt it

(... is a kind of essay ) make a strenuous or labored effort

"She struggled for years to survive without welfare" "He fought for breath"

(... is a kind of essay ) make an attempt at something

"I never sat on a horse before but I'll give it a go"

(... is a kind of essay ) search blindly or uncertainly

"His mind groped to make the connection"

(... is a kind of essay ) attempt by employing effort

"we endeavor to make our customers happy"

(... is a kind of essay ) try

"let's give it a whirl!"

(... is a kind of essay ) take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome

"When you buy these stocks you are gambling"

(... is a kind of essay ) expose to a chance of loss or damage

"We risked losing a lot of money in this venture" "Why risk your life?" "She laid her job on the line when she told the boss that he was wrong"

Samples where essay or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This approach has been tried with good results
  • Test this recipe

Synonyms for essay in the sense of this definition

(essay is a kind of ...) form a critical opinion of

"I cannot judge some works of modern art" "How do you evaluate this grant proposal?" "We shouldn't pass judgment on other people"

(... is a kind of essay ) check or regulate (a scientific experiment) by conducting a parallel experiment or comparing with another standard

"Are you controlling for the temperature?"

(... is a kind of essay ) circulate or discuss tentatively; test the waters with

"The Republicans are floating the idea of a tax reform"

(... is a kind of essay ) test something under the conditions under which it will actually be used

"The Army field tested the new tanks"

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