Essay Es*say", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Essayed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Essaying}.] [F. essayer. See {Essay}, n.] 1. To exert one's power or faculties upon; to make an effort to perform; to attempt; to endeavor; to make experiment or trial of; to try. [1913 Webster]

What marvel if I thus essay to sing? --Byron. [1913 Webster]

Essaying nothing she can not perform. --Emerson. [1913 Webster]

A danger lest the young enthusiast . . . should essay the impossible. --J. C. Shairp. [1913 Webster]

2. To test the value and purity of (metals); to assay. See {Assay}. [Obs.] --Locke. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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