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Meaning of "essay" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD ESSAY

From Old French essaier to attempt, from essai an attempt, from Late Latin exagium a weighing, from Latin agere to do, compel, influenced by exigere to investigate.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF ESSAY

essay  [ˈɛseɪ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF ESSAY

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Essay is a verb and can also act as a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb essay in English.

WHAT DOES ESSAY MEAN IN ENGLISH?

essay

Essay

Essays are generally scholarly pieces of writing written from an author's personal point of view, but the definition is vague, overlapping with those of an article, a pamphlet and a short story. Essays can consist of a number of elements, including: literary criticism, political manifestos, learned arguments, observations of daily life, recollections, and reflections of the author. Almost all modern essays are written in prose, but works in verse have been dubbed essays. While brevity usually defines an essay, voluminous works like John Locke's An Essay Concerning Human Understanding and Thomas Malthus's An Essay on the Principle of Population are counterexamples. In some countries, essays have become a major part of formal education. Secondary students are taught structured essay formats to improve their writing skills, and admission essays are often used by universities in selecting applicants and, in the humanities and social sciences, as a way of assessing the performance of students during final exams. The concept of an "essay" has been extended to other mediums beyond writing.

Definition of essay in the English dictionary

The first definition of essay in the dictionary is a short literary composition dealing with a subject analytically or speculatively. Other definition of essay is an attempt or endeavour; effort. Essay is also a test or trial.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO ESSAY

PRESENT

Present
I essay
you essay
he/she/it essays
we essay
you essay
they essay
Present continuous
I am essaying
you are essaying
he/she/it is essaying
we are essaying
you are essaying
they are essaying
Present perfect
I have essayed
you have essayed
he/she/it has essayed
we have essayed
you have essayed
they have essayed
Present perfect continuous
I have been essaying
you have been essaying
he/she/it has been essaying
we have been essaying
you have been essaying
they have been essaying
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I essayed
you essayed
he/she/it essayed
we essayed
you essayed
they essayed
Past continuous
I was essaying
you were essaying
he/she/it was essaying
we were essaying
you were essaying
they were essaying
Past perfect
I had essayed
you had essayed
he/she/it had essayed
we had essayed
you had essayed
they had essayed
Past perfect continuous
I had been essaying
you had been essaying
he/she/it had been essaying
we had been essaying
you had been essaying
they had been essaying
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will essay
you will essay
he/she/it will essay
we will essay
you will essay
they will essay
Future continuous
I will be essaying
you will be essaying
he/she/it will be essaying
we will be essaying
you will be essaying
they will be essaying
Future perfect
I will have essayed
you will have essayed
he/she/it will have essayed
we will have essayed
you will have essayed
they will have essayed
Future perfect continuous
I will have been essaying
you will have been essaying
he/she/it will have been essaying
we will have been essaying
you will have been essaying
they will have been essaying
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would essay
you would essay
he/she/it would essay
we would essay
you would essay
they would essay
Conditional continuous
I would be essaying
you would be essaying
he/she/it would be essaying
we would be essaying
you would be essaying
they would be essaying
Conditional perfect
I would have essay
you would have essay
he/she/it would have essay
we would have essay
you would have essay
they would have essay
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been essaying
you would have been essaying
he/she/it would have been essaying
we would have been essaying
you would have been essaying
they would have been essaying
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you essay
we let´s essay
you essay
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to essay
Past participle
essayed
Present Participle
essaying
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH ESSAY


assay
əˈseɪ
assez
ˈæseɪ
bioassay
ˌbaɪəʊəˈseɪ
gainsay
ɡeɪnˈseɪ
hearsay
ˈhɪəˌseɪ
immunoassay
ˌɪmjʊnəʊˈæseɪ
madrasah
məˈdrɛseɪ
medrese
məˈdrɛseɪ
Mengzi
ˈmɛŋˈtseɪ
Nisei
ˈniːseɪ
Ourense
əʊˈrɛnseɪ
paise
ˈpaɪseɪ
pase
ˈpɑːseɪ
passee
pæˈseɪ
prese
ˈprɛseɪ
say
seɪ
sei
seɪ
sensei
ˈsɛnseɪ
sensi
ˈsɛnseɪ
unsay
ʌnˈseɪ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE ESSAY

essay question
essay test
essayer
essayette
essayish
essayist
essayistic
esse
Essen
essence
essence of bergamot
essence of violets
Essene
Essenian
Essenic
essential
essential amino acid
essential element
essential fatty acid

WORDS THAT END LIKE ESSAY

Colonsay
daresay
enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay
forsay
I dare say
I daresay
Lindsay
Lyndsay
misassay
missay
not to say
Pasay
Quai d´Orsay
Ramsay
resay
Rothesay
soothsay
strange to say
that is to say
undersay

Synonyms and antonyms of essay in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «ESSAY»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «essay» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of essay

Translation of «essay» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF ESSAY

Find out the translation of essay to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of essay from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «essay» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

短文
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

ensayo
570 millions of speakers

English

essay
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

निबंध
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

مَقال
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

эссе
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

dissertação
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

প্রবন্ধ
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

dissertation
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Esei
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Aufsatz
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

エッセイ
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

수필
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Karangan
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

bài luận
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

கட்டுரை
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

निबंध
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

deneme
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

saggio
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

esej
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

нарис
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

eseu
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

δοκίμιο
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

opstel
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

uppsats
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

essay
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of essay

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «ESSAY»

The term «essay» is very widely used and occupies the 10.085 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «ESSAY» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «essay» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «essay» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about essay

EXAMPLES

10 QUOTES WITH «ESSAY»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word essay.
1
Chris Abani
Fiction and poetry are my first loves, but the really beautiful lyrical essay can do so much that other forms cannot.
2
Alain de Botton
I was uncomfortable writing fiction. My love was the personal essay, rather than the novel.
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Hallie Ephron
Even though I got a late start, first publishing an essay when I was 50 years old, I've since written eight suspense novels.
4
Anne Fadiman
The most important thing when starting out with essay writing is to find a voice with which you're comfortable. You need to find a persona that is very much like you, but slightly caricatured.
5
Brian Ferneyhough
Why, in such a case, should the performer essay any sort of considered approach at all?
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Will Ferrell
When I was ten, I wrote an essay on what I would be when I grew up and said I would be a professional soccer player and a comedian in off season.
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Anthony Hopkins
I'm most suspicious of scripts that have a lot of stage direction at the top of the page... sunrise over the desert and masses of... a whole essay before you get to the dialogue.
8
Ryszard Kapuscinski
I'm trying to put more elements of the essay into my writing.
9
Barbara Kingsolver
What a writer can do, what a fiction writer or a poet or an essay writer can do is re-engage people with their own humanity.
10
Sophie Kinsella
Philosophy wasn't about facts, it was about ideas. My first essay title was something like: 'How can you know what other people are thinking?' I thought, 'Wow, what an amazing thing.' I really thought deeply for the first time.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «ESSAY»

Discover the use of essay in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to essay and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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GRE Answers to the Real Essay Questions
Providing sample responses from two hundred actual GRE essay questions, along with insider tips on what test graders expect, this resource provides expert advice on how to add points to the essay score, as well as fundamentals of good essay ...
Mark Alan Stewart, 2009
2
Ethics: An Essay on the Understanding of Evil
One of the most powerful voices in contemporary French philosophy explodes the facile assumptions behind the recent ethical turn.
Alain Badiou, 2002
3
Writers at Work: The Essay Student's Book: The Essay
Following on from Writers at Work: The Paragraph and Writers at Work: the Short Composition, Writers at Work: The Essay will teach the basics of academic essay writing to intermediate-level students.
Dorothy Zemach, Lynn Stafford-Yilmaz, 2008
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How to Write an Essay
Provides writing lessons, model essays and topics for writing practice emphasizing use of a clear, simple, concise style.
Kathi Wyldeck, 2008
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Encyclopedia of the Essay
"This groundbreaking new source of international scope defines the essay as nonfictional prose texts of between one and 50 pages in length.
Tracy Chevalier, 1997
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Essay Writing: Teaching the Basics from the Ground Up
The book incorporates a wide range of innovative approaches to teaching essay writing — from how to “picture” and “act out” an essay to a winning format for a topic sentence and using scattergrams to turn brainstorming into ...
Jock Mackenzie, 2007
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Essay on the Principles of Translation
This is a reprint of the third edition of Tytler s "Principles of Translation," originally published in 1791, and this edition was published in 1813.
Lord Alexander Fraser Tytler Woodhouselee, Alexander Fraser Tytler, 1978
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An Essay on Typography
Here is vintage Gill, as polemical as he is practical, as much concerned about the soul of man as the work of man; as much obsessed by the ends as by the means.
Eric Gill, 1988
9
An Essay Concerning Human Understanding
Volume 2 of a 2-volume set of Locke's monumental work containing every word of all four books comprising the Essay.
John Locke, Kenneth Winkler, 1996
10
Essayists on the Essay: Montaigne to Our Time
The first historically and internationally comprehensive collection of its kind, Essayists on the Essay is a path-breaking work that is nothing less than a richly varied sourcebook for anyone interested in the theory, practice, and art of ...
Carl H. Klaus, Ned Stuckey-French, 2012

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «ESSAY»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term essay is used in the context of the following news items.
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Deadline in essay contest for 47 acres in Whitefield extended – again
An essay contest that would award 47 wooded acres in Whitefield to the winner is raising questions and criticism because the woman running it ... «Press Herald, Jul 15»
2
Photo essay: Inside (and out) at GE's new research center in Rio
The previous research centers we visited had been in operation for a while. It seemed that everywhere you looked, something interesting was ... «Ars Technica, Jul 15»
3
Watch: 10-Minute Video Essay Explores The Parallels Between The …
Many too have argued that the same is true of the idiosyncratic Anderson, although a new video essay by Anna Catley argues that the two ... «Indie Wire, Jul 15»
4
Transparency, not gimmicks, should guide college pricing (essay)
For today's enrollment manager, it's nearly impossible to go a week without someone forwarding an article about another college trying a new ... «Inside Higher Ed, Jul 15»
5
Politico Essay on the South Cruel and Demeaning
It's been in vogue in past weeks, in the aftermath of the tragedy in South Carolina, to attack the Southern states and its citizens. An article in ... «Newsmax, Jul 15»
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Charleston native Khris Middleton writes essay sharing perspective …
In the essay, Middleton also mentions how he met one of the victims, Cynthia Hurd, when she dropped off her nephews at his summer ... «Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jul 15»
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Watch: Video Essay Explores The Secrets Of Making A Good Movie …
Because we're in the doldrums of the summer blockbuster season, our minds have been preoccupied with the state of studio filmmaking. «Indie Wire, Jul 15»
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Essay: China's Submarine Solution for the Taiwan Strait
While several Chinese security-scenarios are discussed in defense circles, China's Taiwan dilemma is still the primary driver for Peoples ... «USNI News, Jul 15»
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Researcher studies teachers' use of automated essay scoring software
The software Wilson used is called PEGWriting (which stands for Project Essay Grade Writing), based on work by the late education researcher ... «Phys.Org, Jul 15»
10
Hoover Institution Releases Essay Series on Reinventing Nuclear …
STANFORD, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Hoover Institution today released an essay series by the Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy ... «Business Wire, Jul 15»

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