Part of speech: verb

To try; attempt.

Part of speech: noun

A composition on some special subject.

Part of speech: noun

An endeavor; attempt; effort.

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Usage examples "essay":

  1. And after they have ended, then will I essay a tale that shall cap them all, so past belief shall it appear." - "Historic Girls", E. S. Brooks.
  2. Call an essay by its right name, but never call it a speech. - "The Art of Public Speaking", Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein.
  3. She also gave me some more material to read on spiders and told me to start preparing my essay on spiders. - "Free from School", Rahul Alvares.