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essay meaning

EN[-ɛseɪ]
US
WEssay
  • Essays are generally scholarly pieces of writing giving the author's own argument,
  • Essays can consist of a number of elements, including: literary criticism, political manifestos,
  • The concept of an "essay" has been extended to other mediums beyond writing.
essay
  • NounPLessays
    1. A written composition of moderate length exploring a particular issue or subject.
      1. In his first book since the 2008 essay collection Natural Acts: A Sidelong View of Science and Nature, David Quammen looks at the natural world from yet another angle: the search for the next human pandemic, what epidemiologists call “the next big one.”
    2. OBS A test, experiment; an assay.
      1. (now rare) An attempt.
      2. VerbSGessaysPRessayingPT, PPessayed
        1. (dated) VT To try.
          1. VI To move forth, as into battle.
          2. More Examples
            1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
              • The essay attempts to play down the role slavery had in the Civil War.
              • I listened to little oral essays on jelly blubbers, men-o'-war, sea slugs, blue-bottles, giant crabs, and even prawns.
              • Some students pad out their essays by adding a whole lot of quotes from random sources.
            2. Used in the Ending of Sentence
              • You're really going to get some brownie points from the teacher for that fantastic essay!

          Meaning of essay for the defined word.

          Grammatically, this word "essay" is a noun, more specifically, a countable noun. It's also a verb, more specifically, an intransitive verb and a transitive verb.
          • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
            1. Nouns
              • Countable nouns
              • Verbs
                • Intransitive verbs
                  • Transitive verbs
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                Definiteness: Level 7
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